Lawlers Family Pharmacies has thrown its support behind local pharmacy students by funding four Charles Sturt University (CSU) scholarships.
The $3000 a year scholarships will be available to first and fourth year CSU students studying the Bachelor of Pharmacy course in 2005 at Wagga Wagga and Orange.
The scholarships specifically for regional students will require applicants to have lived in Dubbo, Wellington, Narromine or Gilgandra and have undertaken the majority of their high school education within those local government areas.
Aside from the financial boost scholarship recipients will also be given the opportunity to gain valuable on-the-job experience by completing their registration year and first year as a registered pharmacist working at Lawlers Family Pharmacies.
Tony Lawler, owner of Lawlers Family Pharmacies, has a strong interest in supporting local students and is aware of how difficult it is to attract pharmacists to rural and regional areas after they have gained their degrees at metropolitan universities.
For several years he has independently offered scholarships to students from the Dubbo region studying pharmacy and knows first-hand how effective they are.
“It is essential to bring pharmacy skills back to rural and regional Australia and I feel offering scholarships and practical placement opportunities to students is one way to achieve this,” Mr Lawler said.
Dubbo’s own David Lloyd, who graduated from CSU Wagga Wagga in 2003, was fortunate enough to receive one of Mr Lawler’s personal scholarships and is currently reaping the benefits of getting his foot in the door.
“The scholarship basically covered all of my accommodation and textbooks, which are major costs when you are at uni,” Mr Lloyd said.
For information on CSU scholarships go to www.csu.edu.au/student/scholarships
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