Award for Bendigo dentistry student

A first year La Trobe dentistry student has received a scholarship for $75,000 over five years – the largest amount ever awarded to a La Trobe Bendigo undergraduate student. Xiong Han Yong accepted the award at a ceremony at Ulumbarra Theatre.

The scholarship – which covers accommodation on campus, as well as costs associated with meals, clinical placements, instruments, text books and uniforms – was for a "highly deserving regional student in recognition of their outstanding ability and commitment to practice dentistry in a regional or rural setting."

The scholarship was donated by PSA Insurance (funded by the Victorian Medical Insurance Agency Limited, or VMIAL).

Han is studying a Bachelor of Health Sciences/Master of Dentistry. Originally from Malaysia, he moved from his family home in Mandurah, Western Australia to Bendigo this year to study at La Trobe.

"I relocated in order to pursue my dream to join the next generation of rural dental practitioners. I come from a financially disadvantaged background, and this scholarship will help me tremendously in my goal of becoming a dentist," he said.

Picture supplied by Reed photography: (left to right) Mr Sylvain Mani from VMIAL, Xiong Han Yong, Dr Bruce Taylor from VMIAL and Mr Robert Stephenson from La Trobe University.

Media; Kate O'Connor  5444 7415

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