Griffith University has launched a Financial Hardship Scholarship for third year students in its Doctor of Medicine degree and first year students in its Master of Dentistry program.
The Scholarship, funded by specialist medical lender Credabl, totals AU$30,000 and will provide $5,000 to each of six students who are struggling with financial hardship. It will be paid to two students per year in 2021, 2022 and 2023.
Professor David Ellwood, Dean of Medicine and Head of School at The School of Medicine said financial hardship is often a course completion deterrent for some highly talented students.
We’re delighted to partner with Credabl to help reduce the financial pressure on students so they can concentrate on their studies and career progression
“The ability for students to support themselves through their degree can be a challenge further magnified during unprecedented times. We’re delighted to partner with Credabl to help reduce the financial pressure on students so they can concentrate on their studies and career progression.”
Dr Dinesh Palipana, Griffith University Alumni, approached Credabl with the idea to launch the Scholarships. Dr Palipana suffered a severe spinal injury in a car crash when he was half way through medical school. Today, he is Queensland’s first quadriplegic doctor, working at one of the state’s busiest hospitals.
“If access to a generous support package like this was available during my studies it would have been a game-changer. Knowing I had funds to support me throughout the final years of my degree, especially after the accident, would have absolutely alleviated some of the stresses on me and my support network.”
Stafford Hamilton, Credabl CEO did not hesitate to support the initiative.
“Our proposition at Credabl is to help medical professionals access the tools to enable them to do what they do. This starts at the very beginning of their career, ensuring that they can complete their studies with as few financial burdens as possible, before their professional ambitions come to life. Establishing the Griffith University Financial Hardship Scholarship is testament to our commitment to making meaningful contributions to the medical community.”
The Griffith University and Credabl Financial Hardship Scholarship is available to all third year Doctor of Medicine students and students entering their first year of Master of Dentistry.
Find out more about the scholarship here.