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
CASSIE Luck, of Mooloolah, has been awarded a scholarship funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing to pursue a paramedic career through the University of the Sunshine Coast.
Mrs Luck, 32, completed USC’s Tertiary Preparation Pathway Program (TPP) last year.
She will receive the Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship, which entitles her to $15,000 each year for the duration of her Paramedic Science degree at USC.
“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,” 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 the TPP program,” she said.
“USC has a great atmosphere with great tutors, lecturers and facilities