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Syd Jackson Program

Scholarship opportunities, support with education and mentoring

Since retiring Syd has worked tirelessly to create more opportunities for diverse Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people. Research has demonstrated that the employment rates among Indigenous Australians are reduced by a diverse set of factors. These include poor outcomes in education and health, living in areas with limited job opportunities, higher rates of interaction with the criminal justice system, discrimination and the negative incentives created by the welfare system.

What Does the Syd Jackson Program Offer?

The Syd Jackson program will offer scholarship opportunities, support with education and mentoring. The scholarship program is a partnership between Carlton Football Club and Syd Jackson through the Outback Academy.

The Need For The Program

The gaps in development and learning outcomes for Indigenous children continue through their schooling years and become wider, partly through an additional source of disadvantage—lower levels of school attendance by Indigenous children… From 2008 to 2014, the proportion of Indigenous students who had achieved at or above the national minimum standard for reading and numeracy did not change significantly for any Year level tested. …the non-Indigenous rate for Year 12 or Certificate III level of attainment was 1.6 times the Indigenous rate, while for Bachelor degree or above it was 4.3 times the Indigenous rate.

Carlton Football Club has today proudly unveiled its 2017 Indigenous Guernsey, honouring Blues champion and dual premiership player, Syd Jackson. Artwork by Trevor Pickett.

Josh Kyle:

Late last year I was awarded the Syd Jackson scholarship. They wanted me to finish year 11 and 12 when I was at the brink of dropping out of school. This is now pushing me to strive for better in life.


The Syd Jackson program is a partnership between Carlton Football Club and Syd Jackson through the Outback Academy.

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