The Una May Scholarship is named in honour of Una May Smith of Coogee. Miss Una May Smith was an Aboriginal woman whose career in education had involvement with La Perouse Public School over a number of years. Miss Smith generously bequeathed part of her estate for the establishment of this scholarship
For one of the recipients of this bequest, Issaraha Braun, the scholarship really made a difference to his access to education.
Receiving this scholarship provided me with a marvellous opportunity. With the money from the scholarship I was able to buy things that support my study. I was able to purchase a laptop and no longer needed to rely on the school laptops which are often being used. This has freed me up to do other extracurricular activities at recess and lunch as I can now take my laptop home. I can concentrate on my studies because of the Una May Scholarship. For this, I am very grateful.