The RFDS in VIC

Give Them Wings scholarship program

Recruiting and retaining allied health professionals in rural areas is a long-standing problem in Australia and overseas, and strategic action is required to grow and better equip Victoria’s rural workforce.

In active recognition of this problem, RFDS Victoria offers rural students support through the Give Them Wings scholarship program. 

Since 2012, these scholarships have been awarded annually to first year university students from regional and rural Victoria who are studying nursing or allied health.

Give Them WIngs

In addition to providing financial assistance, the scholarships also offer students valuable hands-on work experience, with the opportunity to spend a day with one of our patient transport or primary health care teams – either on the road or in the air.

The Give Them Wings scholarship program is also intended to encourage students to seek employment in regional or rural Victoria upon graduation, and put their vital skills to work in the communities that need them the most.

In 2022, each scholarship was valued at $5,000 to assist with university expenses, including travel and accommodation costs.

Recipients of the scholarship program in 2022 were announced on Friday 15 July. Meet the recipients here.

Applications for the 2023 Give Them Wings scholarship program will open in March 2023.

For more information, watch the video below, or email scholarships@rfdsvic.com.au.