Townsville Stars 2019 graduate, Chantelle Markham, has been awarded a Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship for 2021!
Chantelle is currently studying Occupational Therapy at James Cook University and the scholarship will help her to finish her degree and fund placements in remote communities.
“I was very excited when I received the email telling me that I had been successful!” Chantelle said.
“It makes me even more motivated to do well in my studies and fulfil my dream of becoming an Occupational Therapist.”
“When I finish my course, I want to work in remote Indigenous communities, because I know it is very hard for people living in those communities to access Allied Health services,” Chantelle says.
The Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme (PHMSS) was established by the Australian Government as a tribute to the late Dr Arnold ‘Puggy’ Hunter’s outstanding contribution to Indigenous health and his role as chair of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO).
The scholarships are designed to encourage and assist undergraduate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in health-related disciplines to complete their studies and join the health workforce.
Chantelle is the second Stars graduate to receive the Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship for 2021. The other is Jaimie Bryant from Katherine, who will be studying Physiotherapy at ACU in Brisbane.
Stars is so proud of both of these stellar young women and their determination to chase their dreams!