Shepparton student awarded scholarship to pursue career dream

By Liz Mellino

Former McGuire College student Marwa Ahmed was awarded a 2019 Youthrive Victoria Tertiary scholarship at an award ceremony at the school yesterday.

Selected as one of only three recipients from over 200 applicants, the scholarship will support Marwa through her university studies at Latrobe University in Bundoora to become a health professional.

Receiving financial support of $30,000 over three years plus mentoring and leadership development, Youthrive Victoria CEO Dr Maryann Brown said Marwa was awarded for her outstanding leadership capacity and commitment and passion for her community.

‘‘We know great things happen in the country and we want to help support rural communities in all sorts of ways,’’ she said.

‘‘It is a great pleasure to support our scholarship recipients’ post-school dreams, knowing this scholarship will help to reduce financial strain while also supporting recipients to become contributors and leaders in their rural communities.’’

Youthrive Victoria works on the vision that Victorian rural and regional communities will be thriving with strong input from skilled, resilient and motivated young people.

Created in 2008, the scholarship program supports and develops future leaders by providing scholarships for Year 12 students who demonstrate leadership potential and a passion to study at a Victorian university.

After graduating from Biomedicine at University, Marwa said she hopes to return back to Shepparton to work due to the current shortage of rural health professionals.

She encouraged current high school students to apply for the Youthrive scholarship and to get involved with their community, something she did herself through the Greater Shepparton Youth Leadership program ‘Future Voices’, Word and Mouth, Relay for Life and the Police Youth Committee.

‘‘I encourage the youth of Shepparton to go for it because there was only three of us who got it, out of all of Shepparton it’s been 12 years where no one applied so we can do this,’’ she said.

‘‘My dad said to me you have to do something, you can’t just sit there and let them give it to you you have to work your hardest, so I said ok I’m going to do it and I was so proud when I found out.’’