Warren Faulkner has been awarded the 2021 ACS Indigenous Scholarship, the second year in row he has won the prize.

Awarded annually by Charles Darwin University, the scholarship supports and showcases indigenous achievement in Information Technology courses with the first being awarded in 2018.

“I’m very honoured and consider myself extremely fortunate to have received the Australian Computer Society scholarship for a second consecutive year,” Faulkner said.

“I thank the Australian Computer Society for this prestigious award. I’d also thank the faculty at Charles Darwin University and the Indigenous Student Services team at CDU.

“Higher education and studying online can be challenging and a bit daunting because there’s so many costs involved such as fees textbooks and time management."

In announcing the award, Charles Darwin University’s College IT head, Dr Krishnan Kannoorpatti said in granting the scholarship, “Warren Faulkner has several years of experience in the IT industry and enrolled in an IT course to gain skills in Cyber Security, Software Now, The Mobile Paradigm and Digital Systems and Computer Architecture.

“This shows his passion for learning new technologies for furthering his career in IT. Warren Faulkner has completed several units in IT with high academic achievement in a consistent manner."

Faulkner began his Bachelor of Information Technology course at Charles Darwin University in July 2017 with the goal of obtaining tertiary recognition for his tech industry experience acquired over the last twenty-four years, including eight years in the Royal Australian Navy.

Currently employed with the Department of the Environment and Energy as a manager within the Platform Services - Wintel Engineering team of the organisation’s IT Branch, Faulkner previously spent 22 years with the Australian Taxation Office in IT roles including Infrastructure Provisioning, Web Hosting, and Desktop Packaging.

ACS President Ian Oppermann said, “We’re delighted Warren has been again awarded the ACS Indigenous Scholarship.

“The scholarship is important in promoting diversity in the IT sector along with illustrating the benefits to organisations and the wider profession.

“We would like to thank Charles Darwin University for administering the scholarship and congratulate Warren on his work and achievements.”

Faulkner said the ACS scholarship has been a blessing particularly this year due to the worldwide pandemic.

"It’s not only the financial element though. The ACS scholarship and the CDU study has enabled me to meet with more people and discover more of what’s going on in the larger world of IT.”