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About the Foundation

"It is my great desire that, by its activities, the work of the Foundation will help in overcoming social, educational & economic discrimination as well as personal & cultural alienation, racism & negative social attitudes."

— Mr Hank Young AO | Koorie Welfare and Education Pty Ltd - trustees for The Hank Young Foundation

Our Mission

The Hank Young Foundation for Aboriginal Welfare and Education is a charitable trust fund that provides financial support to projects that contribute to:
1. The peaceful and harmonious relationship and co-existence
of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people of Australia, and2. Reinforcing the self-esteem and personal dignity of the Aboriginal people, both as individuals and as a cultural group.

About Us

The Hank Young Foundation for Aboriginal Welfare and Education was established in 1989 by Mr Hank Young AO. Mr Young passed away on the 7 December 2008, his dedication and generosity to providing financial support to the Indigenous people of Australia continues through the mission and activities of The Hank Young Foundation. The Foundation is an independent, non-profit organisation. Our work is funded by the generous donation of Mr Hank Young in establishing Koorie Welfare and Education Pty Ltd - trustees for The Hank Young Foundation.

The offices of The Hank Young Foundation are located on the beautiful campus of Rivermount College at Rivermount Drive, Yatala, Queensland.

The Foundation is currently supported by:

  • Mr Richard Young | Chairman of The Hank Young Foundation
  • Mrs Corry Young | Director, Koorie Welfare & Education Pty Ltd
  • Mr Leo Young | Director, Koorie Welfare & Education Pty Ltd
  • Ms Roslyn Young | Executive Officer

Our Work

The Hank Young Foundation is committed to providing guidance and financial support to projects associated with the education and welfare of Australia's Indigenous people.

Assistance for Indigenous projects is available Australia wide and ranges from short to long term and individual to community based support.

In 1989, The Hank Young Foundation established Rivermount College at Yatala, Queensland. Rivermount College is a co-educational, non-denominational Christian College for students from Prep to Year 12. The mission of the College is to build bridges between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous people of Australia. Since its inception, Rivermount College has provided Aboriginal students with the opportunity to complete their Primary and Secondary education through scholarships funded by The Hank Young Foundation.

The Hank Young Foundation has also been instrumental in the establishment of Shalom College in Townsville and more recently Radiant Life College in Innisfail, North Queensland.

Main Objective:

The object of the Foundation is to use and hold the trust fund and any income thereof for the welfare and education of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.

Specific Objectives:

  • to provide finance and other support for activities contributing to the relief of poverty including without limiting the generality of the foregoing, activities contributing to income generation, job creation and micro, small and medium businesses and other self-help activities;
  • to identify, support, initiate, control and conduct effective educational institutions and programs;to identify, support, initiate, control and fund non-profit activities, such as workshops, co-operatives and other similar non-profit projects;
  • to identify, initiate, develop, control and fund projects for housing, accommodation, community welfare and development projects, including health and services, child care, hostels and retirement homes;
  • to fund scholarships for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students and provide funds to individual Indigenous students;
  • to employ staff for, and assist with social, pastoral and welfare activities, including homeless, youth and prisoners;
  • to provide and fund leadership training in education, business and social, pastoral or welfare work;
  • to fund research programs;
  • to provide funds to other charitable funds, institutions and associations



The Hank Young Foundation provides educational scholarships to students of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent. The value of each scholarship is determined by the individual's application and current financial circumstances.

The Scholarship covers a percentage cost of tuition fees only to students enrolling at Rivermount College, Yatala. Scholarships are open to all Indigenous students from Kindy to Year 12 and the scholarship awarded will remain active for the duration of enrolment at Rivermount College. Successful completion of the enrolment process at the College is required, including the submission of the application form and an enrolment interview.

Applications for Indigenous Education Scholarships can be made at any time of the year however only applications that have been completed correctly and attached with supporting documentation will be accepted.