Rural student scholarships open

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Rural Pharmacy Scholarship applications have opened for 2018

Students from rural and remote locations who are studying pharmacy or are intending to study pharmacy have been invited by the Guild to apply for the Rural Pharmacy Scholarships for 2018.

Supported by the Australian Government and the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, applications for the scholarships worth up to $40,000 opened on Monday, 23 October 2017 and close 31 January 2018.

The Rural Pharmacy Scholarship Scheme provides financial support to encourage and enable students from rural and remote communities to undertake undergraduate or graduate studies in pharmacy.

Up to 30 fulltime scholarships are available annually valued at $10,000 a year over a four-year period (maximum of $40,000 per student over a four-year period).

The course of study must lead directly to registration as a pharmacist, and scholarship recipients are encouraged to seek employment in rural and remote areas following graduation.  Applicants may be in any year of undergraduate or postgraduate study.

Eligible students are also able to apply for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pharmacy Scholarships.

Applications for these scholarships can be made at any time throughout the year. This scheme aims to encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to study pharmacy at university. Three fulltime scholarships are available annually.

“The Pharmacy Guild is proud to be associated with these scholarships which support rural and remote pharmacy students,” says National President of the Guild, George Tambassis.

“The scholarships are a great initiative that helps students achieve their goals, and supports community pharmacy in rural and remote areas,

“Community pharmacy continues to grow in rural and regional Australia, a vital resource in our health system in areas where other health infrastructure is not always available.

“We want to nurture the rural pharmacy workforce, and  keep it strong so that vital pharmacy services continue to be available wherever they are needed.”

Applications can be made via the rural section on (under “Rural Support Programs”).

The scholarships are part of the Rural Support Programs, established in recognition of the key role pharmacists play in maintaining the health of all Australians. The programs are funded by the Australian Government Department of Health under the Sixth Community Pharmacy Agreement

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