AN aspiring doctor is among eight local Curtin University students awarded the inaugural 2018 Peel Region Student Scholarship, established because of generous community donations totalling $1.25 million.
The eight Peel region residents, selected on their demonstrated commitment to the region, include Bachelor of Medicine student Isaiah Attkins, Bachelor of Social Work student Amy Baines, Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy) students Donna Giles, Evangeline Economidis and Chloe Hyde, Bachelor of Psychology student Natasja Yates, Bachelor of Science (Nursing) student Adrienne Kingham and Bachelor of Science (Exercise, Sports and Rehabilitation Science) student Cassidy-Rae Dwar-Ashton.
The scholarship, developed by the former Peel Health Foundation in conjunction with Curtin University, aims to support students from low socio-economic backgrounds who are experiencing financial hardship and enrolled in Curtin’s medical or health-related undergraduate or post-graduate degree.
Under an agreement initiated and signed by Peel Health Foundation and Curtin University, $1 million was put into the Peel Health Foundation Endowment Fund with the interest used to fund the eight student scholarships of $6000 each year from 2018 to 2020.
From 2020, the funding will be used for construction of Peel Regional Clinical School, which will host clinical replacements for Curtin’s medical, nursing and allied health students.
Another $250,000 will help develop the Peel Health Hub, an initiative of GP Down South, which aims to provide support for young people dealing with mental health issues.