Nyngan high student awarded Nurses & Midwives Health scholarship
Nyngan High School student Anastasia Walsh has been awarded the inaugural Nurses & Midwives Health Scholarship for 2023, through the Public Education Foundation, to assist her to study nursing at university.
Anastasia was selected as the recipient of the scholarship because of her participation as a Health Services Trainee during her senior years at Nyngan High School and the passion she has shown to take up a nursing career.
“It makes me very proud to think my achievements and hard work have been acknowledged and awarded,” Anastasia said.
“It also recognises how valuable it was to complete a school-based traineeship to confirm and commit to my chosen career path of nursing.”
Anastasia will have to move away from the family farm outside Nyngan in order to undertake tertiary studies and the scholarship will assist with the cost of course fees, equipment, textbooks and a laptop computer. The scholarship provides recipients with financial assistance of up to $3,000 a year for each of three years of study.
“I have a strong connection with caring for people and treating them with dignity and respect,” Anastasia said.
“I am a compassionate person and I love the connection made between a patient and nurse and the high level of trust and faith they have in you to look after them.”
“I was very fortunate to complete my traineeship with the Nyngan Hospital team, who were both supportive of me and showed they had faith and complete trust in my ability to be a nurse.”
Anastasia says she hopes to return to a rural community after completing her training and hopes to become a midwife, or work for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
The Nurses & Midwives Health Scholarship is provided by Nurses & Midwives Health, which is part of the Teachers Health Group. The scholarship is supported by the Public Education Foundation which provides scholarships for young people in public education as well as teachers and school principals.
Paul Somers, Chief Operating Officer of the Public Education Foundation said: “The Public Education Foundation is excited to have partnered with Nurses & Midwives Health to offer this scholarship. It is wonderful to read of Anastasia’s passion for nursing and be a part of helping her to achieve her goal.”
Teachers Health Group CEO Brad Joyce said: “Our partnership with the Public Education Foundation and scholarship support reflects our ongoing commitment to the education and nursing community, which are so integral to the heart of who we are as an organisation. We are very pleased to support Anastasia as she continues her learning and inspiring passion for nursing and healthcare.”
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About Public Education Foundation
Public Education Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing life-changing scholarships to students and educators in public education and enhancing the value and reputation of public education.
About Teachers Health
Teachers Health is health insurance for teachers, the education community, and their families. Created by teachers for teachers nearly 70 years ago, Teachers Health has grown to become Australia’s largest industry-based health fund and one of the nation’s leading not-for-profit health insurers. As a profit-to-member fund, Teachers Health is committed to putting members first and delivering the best possible value (not payouts for shareholders).
About Nurses & Midwives Health
Nurses & Midwives Health is health insurance for nurses, midwives and their families. As a profit-to-member organisation, Nurses & Midwives Health focuses on what matters most – supporting the health and wellbeing of members, not delivering payouts to shareholders.
UniHealth is health insurance for the higher education community and their families. As a profit-to-member organisation, UniHealth is focused on putting members first and supporting their health and wellbeing, rather than payouts to shareholders.
About the Nurses & Midwives Health 2023 Scholarship
The Nurses & Midwives Health scholarship seeks to support motivated individuals with demonstrated merit, who are facing hardship, to realise their career goals in studying a Nursing or Midwifery degree.
The scholarship provides financial assistance to students in Year 12 in a public high school in NSW who intend to complete a Nursing or Midwifery degree at University after finishing their Higher School Certificate in 2022. The scholarship assists with the transition into and progress through their University bachelor degree for up to three years.
Nurses & Midwives Health was established in 2016 by Teachers Health to provide nurses and midwives with health insurance to call their own.
As a not-for-profit industry-based health fund Nurses & Midwives Health focuses on the health and wellbeing of their members, reinvesting surplus funds to benefit them through lower premiums, increased benefits and additional services, and work closely with nursing and midwifery unions in a spirit of cooperation and partnership.
The scholarship offered consists of an annual payment of up to $3,000 provided at the commencement of each academic year, up to a maximum of 3 years. For students relocating from a rural or remote area, an additional one-off payment of up to $3,000 may be provided to assist with initial relocation expenses.
The scholarship is intended to cover educational expenses such as:
- Course fees
- Necessary equipment
- Stationery and books
- Face-To-Face Tutoring or Online Tutoring