Allied health professional receives scholarship

Zoe Clarke

Zoe Clarke

As a young Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science graduate with Honours in Radiation Therapy Forbes' Zoe Carke hopes to grow the access to radiation therapy in rural communities.

This week Zoe was named a recipient of The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Foundation's 2019 Rural Scholarship program.

The 23 year-old says she grew up with the desire to help others and an interest in allied health services.

This led Zoe to study at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga.

With limited regional radiation therapy centres, Zoe is excited to educate individuals on the benefits radiation therapy can have and hopes that in the future she is able to grow access to therapy and contribute to equal health services for rural and regional communities.

Zoe is one of 11 recipients of the scholarship program who call the central west home.

An initiative designed to build strong and vibrant NSW rural communities, the scholarships are awarded to students originally from rural areas who are studying at University or TAFE within New South Wales.

RAS Foundation Manager Cecilia Logan said the future of rural and regional NSW starts with its youth.

"The RAS Foundation is proud to recognise its 2019 scholarship recipients for their hard work and commitment in contributing to the future of rural and regional NSW.

"The Rural Scholarships are aimed at reducing some of the financial challenges rural students face when it comes to pursuing their education and training goals.

"It is pleasing that through the RAS Foundation we are able to provide support to these tremendous ambassadors for country NSW, and we look forward to following their progress as they work towards achieving their goals," Ms Logan said.

The Central West Rural Scholarship recipients include:

  • Zoe Clarke - Forbes
  • Rachael Crosbie - Orange
  • Meg Crouch - Condobolin
  • Peyton Ford - Mudgee
  • Tasha Hurley - Condobolin
  • Georgia Howell - Amphitheatre
  • Jaimelee Milliner - Binnaway
  • Benjamin Price - Woodstock
  • Michael Van Diggelen - Mudgee
  • Molly Wright - Peak Hill
  • Harry Obst - Dunedoo

The RAS Rural Scholarships offer financial grants of $6,000 for full-time study and $3,000 for part-time study to assist students who are passionate about contributing to the future of rural and regional communities.