Local health students offered unique scholarship opportunity

Hamish Russell (right) with previous recipients and Cr Jim Child (middle). Picture: STEWART CHAMBERS

Community health service Inspiro is awarding scholarships to the value of $22,500 to Yarra Ranges students undertaking tertiary health science courses, to inspire the next generation of health professionals.

To be eligible, applicants must be a Yarra Ranges Shire resident and currently undertaking or enrolled to commence tertiary studies in an accredited health science course at an Australian university or TAFE institute, or through the Vocational Education and Training (VET) system.

Yarra Ranges students studying an accredited health science course are encouraged to consider applying.

Former Senior Victorian of the Year and past Inspiro Community Advisory Group chairman Dr Hamish Russell is delighted that Inspiro is again offering community scholarships for health-related studies. 

“These scholarships have really made a huge difference to recipients by easing some of the costs involved with studying in the health sector,” he said.

Applications can be completed online, with a broad range of courses that fall within the health science discipline.

The judging panel will be looking for applicants who show determination and commitment in their studies and genuine heart for their community.

Past recipients have demonstrated their contribution to the community in several ways, including volunteering and other essential unpaid community roles.

Last year’s winner Derek is undertaking a Bachelor of Public Health while working for Monash in the Respectful Communities team to combat racism, social injustices, and gender-based violence.

Derek said the scholarship gives him greater opportunities to give back to his local community, support his family and worry less about study expenses.

Inspiro’s scholarships make an enormous difference to the lives of recipients, and many go on to work at Inspiro and other local health services.

Applications for Inspiro’s Tertiary Health Scholarship must be submitted by 9am Monday 17 June.

Further information and details of how to apply can be found at, inspiro.org.au/join-in/scholarships/