In 2019, USQ will offer one Sister Elizabeth Kenny Scholarship.
Elizabeth Kenny was born in Warialda in NSW in 1880. Moving to Queensland, she became a bush nurse, travelling through the outback, treating anyone who couldn’t get to a doctor. Before World War I she set up a cottage hospital at Clifton in Queensland. With no formal training as a nurse, Sister Kenny became one of Australia’s most famous therapists and helped thousands of people around the world. Her treatment helped polio patients and those with cerebral palsy by using hot baths and encouraging movement.
In 1940, Sister Kenny travelled to the United States where she was given almost instant celebrity status. In 1942, the Sister Kenny Institute was established in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 1943 "And They Shall Walk: The Life Story of Sister Elizabeth Kenny" was written by Martha Ostenso, in collaboration with Sister Elizabeth Kenny, while in 1946, the biographical film "Sister Kenny", starring Rosalind Russell, was released. Suffering from Parkinson’s disease, she retired to Toowoomba in 1951 and passed away on 30 November 1952. She is buried at Nobby, where there is a dedicated museum in her honour.
The scholarship was initiated by the Sister Elizabeth Kenny Memorial Fund (SEKMF) and has been supported through the SEKMF's generous donation for the sole purpose of providing financial assistance to nursing students interested in rural and remote nursing opportunities.
The scholarship will have a maximum value of $5000.
- be an Australian Citizen or have permanent resident status
- be continuing their studies in a Bachelor of Nursing in Semester 1 2019
- have a current Grade Point Average of at least 4.0
- have completed a minimum of 6 study units and be entering into the second or third year of their degree
- be enrolled in a minimum of 3 study units in each of Semester 1 and Semester 2
- be studying on-campus, external or online
- attend a clinical placement in a rural or remote area in 2019.
- submit a personal statement (one page maximum), outlining:
- your commitment to working in rural and remote areas of Australia in the future
- provide evidence of financial hardship as directed on the application form.
Applications close at 5pm Friday 26 October 2018.
University of Southern Queensland
Phone: 1800 269 500
USQ reserves the right to alter the conditions of the scholarship/bursary based upon exceptional circumstances. USQ reserves the right to not award the scholarship/bursary in a given year.