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Courtney wins top award

Monday, 10th March, 2014

Courtney Gauci has won the David Bowler Memorial Award. PICTURE: Darrin Manuel Courtney Gauci has won the David Bowler Memorial Award. PICTURE: Darrin Manuel

By Emily Roberts

Courtney Gauci’s university experience will be made easier thanks to the David Bowler Memorial Award.

Courtney is in her third year of a Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science.

This is a four-year course run by Charles Sturt University and Courtney is attending the course in Wagga Wagga.

The 23-year-old is enjoying the experience and is looking forward to finishing the course.

“I chose the course because I really enjoy being able to help people,” she said.

“I find that X-rays are really interesting.

“It’s quite a hard course, with limited universities offering the course.”

Courtney completed a Bachelor of Nursing to obtain a GPA that would ensure she got into Medical Radiation Science.

Towards the end of last year, she was informed that she won the David Bowler scholarship.

The scholarship is to commemorate the name and work of the late Dr David Bowler, who was a highly-respected paediatrician at the Broken Hill Health Service.  

It is funded by the BH City Council and the Far West Local Health District and is a $5,000 lump sum payment to a student pursuing a course in a health-related discipline at a recognised tertiary institution.

“I’ve been applying for the scholarship for a number of years,” Courtney said.

“Having it will help me with accommodation, placement and university textbooks.

“It was quite hard and quite competitive. It is a really big honour to be awarded with something like that.”

Courtney said she would like to thank City Council and the Local Health District.

“I hope that after I finish studying I will be able to come back to Broken Hill to work,” she said.

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