Students from rural and remote locations who are studying pharmacy or are intending to study pharmacy are now being invited to apply for the Rural Pharmacy Scholarships for 2016.
Supported by the Australian Government and the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, applications for the scholarships worth up to $40,000 open today (Monday, 26 October 2015) and close 31 January 2016.
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 per annum over a four year period ($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.
“I am delighted that these scholarships offer encouragement and support to rural and remote pharmacy students,” says national president of the Guild, George Tambassis.
“The scholarships not only provide financial assistance, but also support for pharmacist hopefuls to realise their dreams.
“It is a great initiative that helps students achieve their goals and supports community pharmacy in rural and remote areas.
“Community pharmacy is a part of the health sector that has grown in rural and regional Australia in recent times, and we want to 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 www.6cpa.com.au (under “Rural Support Programs”).
The above 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.