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Grants Announced for Five Public Safety Organisations |

Grants Announced for Five Public Safety Organisations

Motorola Solutions is a proud supporter of the community, and two recent activities highlight our areas of focus.

Motorola Solutions Foundation Grants

Every year the Motorola Solutions Foundation, our philanthropic and charitable arm of the company, awards grants worldwide.

These grants, which support education projects in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) as well as public safety, disaster relief and employee volunteerism, closely align with the priorities of the company.

In Australia, five organisations will receive funding in 2017 to help with the important work they perform in the area of public safety.

These organisations are Crime Stoppers Victoria, Crime Stoppers Queensland, Crime Stoppers Tasmania, The Australian Red Cross and Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC).

Previous funding has enabled such activities as the AFAC Professional Development Program for emergency services workers, the AFAC Knowledge Series which “brings knowledge to emergency services”, Red Cross’s schools-based Disaster Preparedness and Resilience Project and valuable support for crime stoppers organisations.

And of course, the recent AFAC /Motorola Solutions Knowledge Innovation Award winners, Rose Kapaith (individual) and NSW Rural Fire Service (agency) are beneficiaries of previous foundation grants as well. 

Indigenous scholarships

One of the central tenets of our corporate social responsibility program is education. As a company with a long history of technology and innovation, we are committed to supporting educational programs that help the next generation strengthen their skills and interest in our focus areas: science, technology, engineering and math programming (STEM).

As part of this commitment, we sponsor scholarships for indigenous students attending the University of South Australia and Curtin University in Perth.

The scholarships are jointly funded by Motorola Solutions Australia and the Motorola Solutions Foundation, which is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions.

Gary Wanganeen Motorola Solutions Scholarship

From left: Gary Wanganeen, scholarship recipient Kym Ashby and Motorola Solutions’ Con Balaskas

We are delighted to report that both scholarships were awarded earlier in 2016:

  1. At the University of South Australia, the Gavin Wanganeen Indigenous Scholarship was shared by two students in 2016. Kym Ashby received a scholarship valued at $10,000 apportioned over the life of his program and Darren Kruger received a scholarship valued at $2,500. The scholarship is open to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders in an engineering or IT undergraduate program at the university.
  2. Curtin University (Perth), Motorola Solutions Indigenous Engineering Scholarship: This new scholarship aims to encourage and support indigenous students studying IT or engineering at Curtin University, supporting an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student throughout the duration of their undergraduate degree. This scholarship was also awarded to two students: Isaiah Attkins (Bachelor of Science (Health Sciences)) and Jordan Collard (Bachelor of Science (Sciences)).

For more information about the scholarships, go here.

Our commitment to the community

In Australia and New Zealand we contribute in a number of ways to many organisations. These activities range from providing radios for charitable events, fostering employee involvement in the not-for-profit sector, nurturing young talent through graduate or intern programs and a number of other initiatives.

To read more about our community activities, visit our Community page.