Fourth year law student at the University of Western Australia, Krista McMeeken, has been awarded the Law Council of Australia's indigenous scholarship for 2010.
McMeeken was presented with the John Koowarta Reconciliation Law Scholarship at a special function in Canberra on the 19th of March 2010.
Originally from Esperance, McMeeken is the full-time carer for her mother and the sole income earner in her family. The scholarship will allow McMeeken to purchase text books, a laptop and other educational resources enabling her to continue and complete her studies - which would have otherwise been financially impossible.
"Krista is an outstanding student and has achieved so much already," said Law Society of Western Australia president, Hylton Quail.
"She is a very deserving recipient of this scholarship and a shining example to young people from all walks of life," Quail said.
In 2007 McMeeken won the Western Australian Outstanding Female Aboriginal of the Year Award and was also a nominee for Western Australian Young Citizen of the Year in 2008.
Previous recipients of the scholarship include Terri Janke, who is now a leading international authority on indigenous cultural and intellectual property rights, Gina Masterton, who now lives and works as a lawyer in the United States, and Jason Briggs, who graduated from Melbourne University and is now a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria.