Students awarded Peel Health Foundation Scholarships

Monique Rose, Donna Giles, Catriona Garratt, Rosie McClure and Evangeline Economidis.
Monique Rose, Donna Giles, Catriona Garratt, Rosie McClure and Evangeline Economidis.

FIVE Curtin University students from the Peel region will have greater support in achieving their goals to become qualified health professionals after they were awarded the Peel Health Foundation Scholarship.

The Scholarship supports students who have demonstrated a commitment to the Peel region to study a medical or health-related undergraduate or postgraduate degree at Curtin.

This year’s recipients include Catriona Garratt who is majoring in Physiotherapy, Sarah McClure who is majoring in Health Sciences and Monique Rose who is completing a Master of Nursing Practice.

Last year’s recipients Evangeline Economidis and Donna Giles are both studying a Bachelor of Science and have been awarded the scholarship for a second time.

Curtin University Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry congratulated the scholarship recipients, adding the program offered a fantastic opportunity for aspiring health professionals in the Peel region.

“The scholarship is an important initiative that will provide opportunities for students from the Peel region who may not have had the means to complete their university studies,” she Terry said.

“There is a growing need for doctors, nurses and health professionals in rural and regional locations across WA, and this scholarship will help to attract aspiring health professionals who are committed to improving the health services available in their local community.

“I would like to congratulate all the scholarship recipients, which includes future nurses and health professionals, and wish them all the best in their future studies at Curtin University.”

The scholarship was established as a result of a generous $1.25 million community donations to the Peel Heath Foundation, which was in turn donated to Curtin University in 2017.

Under the agreement, $250,000 was allocated to the new Peel Health Hub and the remaining capital was to be used for the establishment of the Mandurah-based Curtin Clinical School, which will be available to multi-disciplinary students in the healthcare sector.

The interest earned on these funds have to date provided a total of 13 individual scholarships to students in the Peel Region.

The scholarship was developed by the former Peel Health Foundation Trustees.