Applications for the 2019 Give Them Wings Scholarship are now open until 19 April.
Four scholarships offered by the Royal Flying Doctor Service will help students from regional and rural Victoria in their first year of health studies.
The ‘Give them Wings’ scholarships, each valued at $3,000, are available for regional and rural students in their first year of university studying nursing or allied health.
2018 recipient and Occupational Therapy student, Megan Peverill of Charlton, found the scholarship invaluable as she navigated her first year of university.
“Since my university is a significant distance away from where I grew up in Charlton, I had to move into campus accommodation. The ‘Give Them Wings’ scholarship helped me pay for some of the costs associated with living on campus as well as textbooks, stationary and groceries.”
"Receiving this scholarship allowed me to focus on my future without constantly worrying about how I will finance my studies,” said Megan.
Included in the scholarship is the opportunity to experience a day in the field with a Flying Doctor team and Megan joined RFDS flight crew Eddie and Frank on a patient transport between Melbourne and Adelaide.
“Being able to observe Eddie and Frank with the patient was a very eye-opening experience. To see the patient in high spirits despite being in a critical condition was very inspiring for me as a health science student,”said Megan.
Looking to the future, Megan hopes to one day return to the country to practice.
“Seeing what the RFDS provides to the community first-hand has confirmed for me that practicing occupational therapy in rural communities is something that I would like to do once I have completed studying,”
“I encourage anyone from regional and rural Victoria to take up this opportunity and apply for a Give Them Wings scholarship.
For further details and to apply go to www.flyingdoctor.org.au/vic/scholarships-vic/. The Give Them Wings scholarship is provided through the fundraising efforts of the RFDS Bayside Auxiliary.