Matilda Harry wins Western Sydney University Academic Achievement Award

Western Sydney University offers its congratulations to Matilda Harry who was awarded the Western Sydney University Academic Achievement Award.

As part of the prestigious 7NEWS Young Achiever Awards 2022, Matilda was acknowledged at a special gala on Friday, 13 May.

Professor Gregory Kolt, Dean of the School of Health Sciences, and Professor Simeon Simoff, Dean of the School of Computer, Data and Mathematical Sciences, presented the award on behalf of the University.

Matilda, who is a high achieving PhD candidate at the University and lives in the Hawkesbury, said she was incredibly proud to receive the honour.  

“As a first in family young person to attend University, achieving this award in recognition of my academic ability means a lot,” said Matilda.

“For me and those who support me this award celebrates the hard work, dedication, love, and enthusiasm I put into achieving my aspirations and supporting my community.”

Matilda is a student at the Graduate Research School at Western Sydney University undertaking a thesis which aims to develop a best-practice mentorship framework for supporting Indigenous success.

She also holds a Master of Teaching (Primary) from the University where she graduated with a GPA of 7.0 and is a Dean’s Scholar, Citizen Scholar, Global Leader, and Golden Key International Leader at the University.

In recognition of her significant contributions to community and the education sector, she has received several awards including the highly prestigious Citizen Scholar Award from The Academy Awards of Excellence.

“Both of my parents were not given the opportunity to access tertiary education, so my achievement of this award saw them beam with excitement. I cannot thank them enough for the support, guidance and advice they offer,” said Matilda.

“I would also like to thank Deputy Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Leadership, Professor Michelle Trudgett, Professor Susan Page, Associate Professor Corrinne Sullivan, Dr Michelle Locke and Fiona Towney, who have all offered unwavering support along my academic journey from undergraduate through to my PhD.”

“I wouldn’t be who I am today without the mentorship and leadership of these women.”

Matilda said she encourages other young people to get involved in 7NEWS Young Achiever Awards.  

“It is a fantastic program which acknowledges, encourages and most importantly promotes the positive achievements of all young people in NSW and the ACT.”


26 May 2022

Media Unit

Photos supplied by Awards Australia