Nominations opened today for the 2018 Ricci Marks Award, held annually to honour outstanding Aboriginal young achievers in Victoria across the areas of training, education, arts, sport, culture and community leadership.
The award is now its 21st year and is given to two recipients who each receive a bursary of $5,000, supporting their educational and vocational aspirations. A special commendation award, the Ricci Marks Rising Star Award is awarded to a third young person with a bursary of $1,500.
Initially named the Aboriginal Young Achiever Award, the award was renamed in 2004 in honour of Ricci Marks, a proud Wotjobaluk man from Halls Gap. Ricci received the Award in 2000 for the significant contribution he made to community, particularly through his role at the Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre and as a highly regarded player for the Heywood Football Club, before his life was tragically cut short.
Nominations close at midnight 15 April 2018
The Awards will be presented during the Koorie Youth Summit on the 14 of June 2018.