Maddison Smart (right) and Peter Prince were awarded the NSW Aboriginal Land Council Freddy Fricke scholarship.
Maddison Smart (right) and Peter Prince were awarded the NSW Aboriginal Land Council Freddy Fricke scholarship.

Young scholar gets a helping hand

A NURSING student from Bowraville is one of two young people awarded a NSW Aboriginal Land Council Freddy Fricke scholarship.

Maddison Smart, a student at the University of New England’s Armidale campus, will use the scholarship to help pay for university fees, text books and other course-related expenses.

Maddison, a Gumbaynggirr woman in her second year at university, said she was inspired to study nursing by the campaign to Close the Gap in Aboriginal Health.

“Completing this nursing course is very important to me and the community in which I grew up in, which has one small doctor’s surgery with one doctor practising around the clock,” Maddison said.

Maddison said that after finishing her degree she would like to gain experience in rural and remote areas of the Northern Territory, but also intended to work back in her community of Bowraville.

“I would love to make a difference in closing the gap when my degree is completed,” she said.



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