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Article on Rural Scholarships

Warrane awarded five rural scholarships this year to assist first-year students from country areas with their College fees.

This year’s Rural Engineering Residential Award went to Jack McRae from the South West Slopes of NSW. Jack attended St Mary’s Primary School and Hennessy Catholic College high school and is studying Civil Engineering.

He says he hopes he can make “a positive difference to the world”.

“I would like to be able to contribute back to rural Australia in towns such as Young,” he said. “I feel I have gained a lot coming from a rural background and would like to contribute something back.”

Warrane was particuarly pleased to be able to award one of its rural scholarships this year to an indigenous student, Owen Walsh. Owen grew up in Wagga Wagga, attending Mater Dei Catholic College where he was a house captain. He is studying a Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Information Systems.

“At the moment I am unsure where it will take me,” he said. “I just know that I have a very big passion for Information Systems. I’m hoping to eventually become a systems analyst for a major corporate body.”

Another scholarship went to Samuel Williams, who spent his early years on a wheat and cattle property near Walgett in western NSW. He attended the local primary school from kindergarten to Year 5, before his family moved to Lismore in the Northern Rivers region of NSW.

Along with his four siblings, he attended Emmanuel Anglican College, Ballina, for the remainder of his primary and secondary school years.

Samuel, who is studying medical science, said that since childhood he had a close relationship with his older brother, who is studying Arts and Law at Griffith University.

“I am therefore aware of the invaluable guidance an older student can provide,” he said, “and I am eagerly anticipating the opportunity to learn from the resident tutors at Warrane.”

Samuel was Year 12 Dux, won age champion at his school’s swimming carnival and captained the NCSA school soccer team.

The fourth rural scholarship went to Shannon Fadaee, who is studying a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery at UNSW. Shannon was born and grew up in the central western town of Orange. He attended high school in Orange at James Sheahan Catholic High School and hopes to practice medicine clinically.

“I am interested in a number of different branches of medicine,” he said, “but, at this stage, I am not sure in which area I would like to specialise.

“One of the best things about studying medicine is the fact that there are so many pathways and careers after graduating university.”

The fifth scholarship winner was David Brown, from Table Top, just outside Albury.

He attended Xavier High in Albury, and is studying Medicine at UNSW.

David says he also is still undecided about what field he wants to specialise in, or where he wants to to work when he graduates.

“I guess I would like to try working in a few different places,” he said, “such as in the city, rurally and in inner regional areas, before I decide where I will end up practising.”

All of the rural scholarship winners will receive $2000 each which will be paid towards their College fees during first and second semesters this year.