Cudal local and rural medical student Miranda Eyb is closer to realising her dream of becoming a doctor thanks to a scholarship from Charles Sturt University.
The first-year medical student at the Charles Sturt University (CSU) School of Rural Medicine is one of the first students to have the opportunity of studying medicine in rural NSW.
The five-year undergraduate degree is delivered jointly between CSU and Western Sydney University in Orange.
The scholarship recipient said the financial assistance from CSU and the Central NSW Joint Organisation was absolutely critical to enabling her to study a Doctor of Medicine in Orange.
"This scholarship has made a huge difference to my family and me," Ms Eyb said.
"[Coming from] a farming family, the drought meant my parents weren't in a position to support me through university.
"It was a huge relief for all of us when I was awarded this scholarship from Charles Sturt University as I was already working two jobs to be able to study medicine, and the scholarship has provided the essential funds I need to do my work placements when I have to live away from home."
Ms Eyb added that she was looking forward to continuing her involvement in her local community, with the Cudal Pony Club as well as showing cattle at the local agriculture shows.
"I am certain that staying connected with my local community during my degree will help me to remain in tune with the needs and nuances of local people," she said.
"I am so grateful to be able to study medicine in my home community, rather than having to travel hundreds of kilometres away."
She thanked CSU and the Central NSW Joint Organisation for "fighting tirelessly" to establish a Doctor of Medicine course in Orange.
Charles Sturt Foundation CEO Sarah Ansell said that the medical student's story "demonstrates the impact that scholarships can have on an individual and a community".
"We believe everyone committed to developing their skills through higher education should be given the opportunity," Ms Ansell said.
"Our graduates go on to fill critical roles in society and a student's potential should not be hindered based on their family's bank balance."
There are currently over 150 scholarships being offered through CSU.
A full list of scholarships is available on the university's website.
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