Applications for the Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme are now open for study in 2015. The Scheme is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health, and is administered by the Australian College of Nursing (ACN). The Scholarship provides financial assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are undertaking study or are intending to study a health related course in the following professions.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health work
- Allied Health (all specialities except pharmacy)
- Dentistry/oral health (excluding dental assistants)
Scholarships are available for entry level or graduate entry level courses, but not for postgraduate studies.
Scholarships are worth up to $15,000 per year for full time study and $7,500 per year for part time study. The funding is paid in 24 fortnightly instalments throughout the study period of each year. To be eligible for a scholarship applicants must be studying an eligible health related course in semester one 2015 and identify as, and be able to confirm their Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander status.
These are competitive scholarships and will be awarded on the recommendation of the independent selection committee whose assessment will be based on how applicants address the following questions:
- Explain what has been your driving influence/motivation in wanting to become a health professional in your chosen area.
- Discuss what you hope to accomplish as a health professional in the next 5-10 years.
- Discuss your commitment to study in your chosen course.
- Outline your involvement in community activities, including promoting the health and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.