QUEENSLAND Health has given Samantha Donohoe 21,000 reasons to smile after awarding her an Allied Health Scholarship.
The plucky 21-year old is currently in her fourth year at Townsville’s James Cook University, and is grateful for the $21,000 boost to her final year of studying for a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy with honours.
“It’s a scholarship through Queensland Health called an Area of Priority Scholarship,” Samantha explained.
“Basically it means that when I finish uni I will be placed in an area where they haven’t had an occupational therapist for a while, so it will be a priority to get someone there.”
Next month Samantha finds out where she will be based.
“I picked Central, because Springsure is really quite close to the border of Southern, and I have done Townsville, the north, so I would like to come back,” she said.
“I’ve done four placements; three in Rockhampton with two at the Base Hospital and the Mental Health Unit, and one in Townsville with the Children’s Community Therapy Service, but I’m not fazed about where I go.”
Samantha’s proud family was by her side when she was presented with her certificate in Brisbane.
“It’s wonderful,” mum Bev said of Samantha’s scholarship.
“It’s helped us financially, it’s been wonderful not having to find that money, but we are just so happy for her.”
With her head down ready to tackle the final hurdle of her university studies, Samantha is looking forward to graduating in December and taking a short break before diving head-first into her role as a qualified occupational therapist.
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