Three of the four annual Give Them Wings scholarships have been awarded to students from La Trobe University’s campuses at Albury-Wodonga and Bendigo.
Two of the La Trobe University recipients are studying nursing at the Albury-Wodonga campus: Marilyn Vickery (left), from Byawatha, near Wangaratta, and Kloi-Jayd van Roevan (below right), from Myrtleford.
The scholarships are provided by the Royal Flying Doctor Service Victoria in partnership with Rural Health Workforce Australia and are valued at $2500 each. They are designed to encourage the next generation of nursing and allied health professionals from rural communities.
La Trobe University Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar said that the university was very proud of the three scholarship recipients.
‘I want to congratulate these three students for taking out the scholarships. It is a great honour for them, as well as for their lecturers and the university as a whole,’ Professor Dewar said.
‘La Trobe is committed to increasing the capacity of our regional campuses to serve and work with their local communities,’ Professor Dewar said.
‘These scholarships are testament to our commitment to regional Victoria and a reflection of the calibre of the young Victorians we are educating and preparing for successful health careers, many of them based in regional Australia.
‘La Trobe University is committed to making a difference and is playing our part to help reduce shortages in the rural health workforce.
‘We know that students who live and study in regional areas are more likely to work in regional areas after graduation.
‘It’s also the reason we recently launched our proposal with Charles Sturt University to create the Murray Darling Medical School, a new type of school which would educate students from regional Australia outside the capital cities to prepare them for a career as a doctor working in rural and regional Australia.’
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