Right:  Taylah Thompson – 2019 winner of the Yvonne Burgu Education Award with 2018 winner Brianna Ozies.

The Yvonne Burgu Education Award helps an Aboriginal woman completing her first university degree or TAFE college diploma.

The $1,000 Award honours the memory of the late Yvonne Burgu, senior Ngarinyin law woman from the Gibb River Community in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

Yvonne initiated the establishment of the Wanalirri Catholic Primary School at Gibb River Community, was an accomplished artist, respected community leader, role model and friend.

The Zonta Club of Perth commemorates her life of community service by offering this award to an Aboriginal woman entering her second year of study towards a recognised degree or diploma at a Western Australian tertiary institution.

If you are, or know an Aboriginal woman who could benefit from this Award, please pass on to your networks.


An Aboriginal woman of any age residing in Western Australia in 2020 who:

  • Is studying towards their first degree and has completed her first year of study towards:
    • A degree at a Western Australian University; or,
    • A diploma at a Western Australian TAFE college
  • Is enrolled for the 2021 Academic Year and have successfully completed at least all the first year units/requirements of a degree course (on a full or part time basis)
  • Demonstrates a drive and commitment to community service
  • Demonstrates a drive and commitment to the pursuit of leadership in their chosen field
  • Will provide at least 1 (one) written academic reference and 1 (one) written personal reference.

The requirements for this award are currently being reviewed. The due date for 2021 applications will be advised when confirmed.