USQ Nursing student Elizabeth Mahon knows firsthand the hardships faced with limited medical services out west.
It is why she is pursuing a nursing degree to help improve the health of Indigenous men and women in rural and remote communities.
Miss Mahon’s mission has been given a helping hand thanks to an Arrow Energy Indigenous University Scholarship.
A new recipient for 2017, Miss Mahon works as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner, in Charleville.
“I’ve always wanted to make my family proud by being the first family member to go to university and to demonstrate that I can truly make a difference,” she said.
Miss Mahon is in her first year of a Bachelor of Nursing Degree at USQ.
“I am very passionate about improving the health of Indigenous men and women in rural and remote communities,” she said.
“I’ve personally been exposed to the hardship people face with limited medical services – that’s why I am actively pursuing further education to help reduce this.”
Arrow Energy has awarded a $250,000 university scholarship package to 26 Indigenous students across Queensland.
“We believe increasing participation in higher education is one of the key factors in closing the gap and these scholarships are part of that effort,” Arrow Energy Vice President External Relations and Tenure Management Leisa Elder said.
“The scholarships are worth up to $10,000 a year for each person’s course and also include mentoring, tutoring and peer network groups so students have the support to achieve their goals.”