Past Award Finalists and Recipients
Australian of the Year
State Finalist Australian of the Year 2010
Indigenous education advocate
In 2004 Andrew Penfold left a successful career as a lawyer and investment banker to devote his time voluntarily to help transform the lives of Indigenous children through education. Working from his dining room with a laptop and mobile phone, Andrew established the St Joseph’s College Indigenous Fund and raised $5 million to support 40 Indigenous boys to board at the College, winning acclaim as the nation’s pacesetter in Indigenous scholarships.
With an unwavering belief that the challenges facing Indigenous children can be overcome, Andrew recently established the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF) to expand the delivery of Indigenous education scholarships for thousands of Indigenous children on a national basis. Just a year on, AIEF has already won critical support and is well advanced in raising $20 million from individual, corporate and philanthropic investors in partnership with a $20 million investment by the Australian Government, to permanently change the trajectory of disadvantaged Indigenous children through an effective program with proven results.