Eliminating Shame and Stigma Surrounding Applying For and Receiving Scholarships

By Daniel Chilly

When thinking about scholarships some people may feel a sense of shame or stigmatization around applying for and receiving bursaries and scholarships. I want to challenge this, because there’s no shame in applying for the support that is there to assist you in reaching your goals. Scholarships and bursaries are not ‘handouts’ or ‘charity’ but opportunities. Scholarships and bursaries create equitable opportunities and encourage students to participate in programs that may not have been possible otherwise.

There are many opportunities to gain financial support for professional development, leadership, and becoming a role model, from Universities, Peak Bodies (Indigenous and Mainstream), government departments, and philanthropic organisations. 

The RFDS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Scholarship is designed to support students studying medicine, nursing, midwifery, and allied health to undertake clinical placements in a remote or rural setting. IAHA CEO Donna Murray indicates, encouraging and supporting Indigenous students to participate in remote and rural placements “is critical for developing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health workforce. This is also an important step in further supporting locally driven workforce development models that provide culturally safe and responsive allied health services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people”.Applications for the RFDS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Scholarships are open now and will close on the 14 May 2018. Click here for more information and to apply. 

IAHA also provides a student bursary scheme to assist full student members with purchasing textbooks for your study. This bursary is based on financial hardship and provides $250 for the purchase of textbooks. To find out more about IAHA’s Student Bursaries click here.

I would strongly recommend anyone reading this article to start researching the scholarships that are out there, whether it’s online or chatting to organisations and institutions or friends, and if you feel comfortable taking a chance and applying.

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