Ms Shearer, a UWA honours graduate in genetics and biochemistry, became a Street Team Co-ordinator for the Make Poverty History Road Trip campaign in 2010 and assistant project leader for a global poverty project to eradicate polio during the 2011 Commonwealth heads of Government Meeting in Perth.
The 24-year-old said she was looking forward to combining her two passions of social justice and public health at Oxford.
‘I am very interested in preventative health; in eradicating disease on a global scale through means such as vaccinations, community development programs and other preventative measures, Ms Shearer said.
‘This scholarship will give me the opportunity to build on my knowledge and skills so that I have the opportunity to work on that kind of scale and make a real difference to the lives of people from impoverished communities.’
Embarking on this adventure is another addition to Ms Shearer’s already impressive list of achievements, including raising over $110 million for polio funding.
‘There are only three countries where polio is still endemic, so the goal felt very achievable,’ she said.
Ms Shearer plans to return to Perth to study medicine at UWA after her time at Oxford.