Young local doctor off to Oxford
FROM Coffs Harbour UNSW’s medical program to Oxford University in England, Dr Hannah Wills is going places.
The 23-year-old has been awarded two scholarships that will make her dreams of studying at Oxford a reality.
Dr Wills graduated with first-class honours from the UNSW last December after completing the final two years of her study at the Coffs Harbour Rural Clinical School campus.
The local medico sets off for England on the weekend, where she will spend 12 months at the prestigious Oxford University completing a Masters Degree in Science, studying Clinical Embryology.
This exciting endeavour was made possible by her academic talent and scholarship success. She was awarded the 2011-2012 Rotary Academic Year Ambassadorial Scholarship for $27,000.
Dr Wills applied for the scholarship through the Rotary Club of Lismore West, beating applications from 55 clubs within District 9640, which covers an area north from Warwick in Queensland, west to Glen Innes and Grafton in the south. While 700 of these Rotary scholarships are awarded worldwide, each district awards only one.
The second scholarship she received was the Clarendon Fund Scholarship, awarded by Oxford University for academic excellence. This second scholarship will cover Dr Wills’s tuition, college fees and living expenses at St Edmund Hall, Oxford.
Dr Wills is extremely excited to be accepted into Oxford and winning the two scholarships on top of this has made her ‘very, very happy’.
When she finishes her time at Oxford, Dr Wills hopes to specialise in obstetrics and gynaecology.