Published on 17 December 2012
17 December 2012
Cassie Luck, of Mooloolah, has gained a scholarship funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing to pursue a paramedic career through the University of the Sunshine Coast.
The 32-year old, who completed USC’s Tertiary Preparation Pathway Program (TPP) this year, will receive the Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship which entitles her to $15,000 each year for the duration of her Paramedic Science degree.
The Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship provides financial assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are intending to enrol or are enrolled in undergraduate studies in a health-related discipline.
It was established in recognition of Dr Arnold ‘Puggy’ Hunter's significant contribution to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and his role as Chair of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation.
Mrs Luck, who has two young children, said she was thrilled when she was notified about the scholarship.
“The scholarship will help pay for my university fees and textbooks, and also take the pressure off from having to work four days a week while studying full-time next year,” she said.
Mrs Luck, who has worked in retail and as a receptionist, said she had wanted to become a paramedic since she graduated from Beerwah State High School in 1997.
“I have enjoyed getting back into study through TPP,” she said.
“USC has a great atmosphere with great tutors, lecturers and facilities.”
— Michelle Widdicombe