The scholarship was launched at Uluru last week.
Heffernan told the Mundine Means Business program on Sky News: "Higher education can be a bit intimidating because there’s so many costs involved – like fees and textbooks.
"Something like the ACS scholarship makes it a little bit easier and a little bit less intimidating.
Heffernan said he wanted to use technology to enable others to engage with their cultural identity.
“I’m looking at developing an Indigenous gamification application, showcasing a bit of my culture through this application," he said.
"What I’m hoping to do is use the education that I’ve received through CDU to promote STEM subjects to Indigenous young people. When you’re in remote areas it’s harder to see the payoff of mathematics and science and technology.
"Computers and applications are a really tangible and visceral way of seeing the culmination of science and technology in one package.”
ACS president Yohan Ramasundara outlined the aim of the scholarship when it was launched.
“The purpose of this initiative is to showcase Indigenous achievement in Information Technology with a view towards inspiring other indigenous students into tech careers," he said.
"There are some really exciting Indigenous companies delivering technology-related products and services, and we really wanted to do our part in contributing to growing the ecosystem, and enabling Indigenous talent to take their skills, products and services to a global market."