Kate snaps up Bowler Award
Monday, 16th June, 2014
By Erica Visser
Life has become less stressful for physiotherapy student Kate Vandenheuval after she was rewarded a $5000 scholarship.
The 21-year-old is in the fourth and final year of her Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Charles Sturt University in Albury.
She had applied for the David Bowler Memorial Award for the past three years, but was last month surprised to hear she was the successful applicant.
The scholarship commemorates the name and work of the late Dr David Bowler, who was a highly-respected paediatrician at the local health service.
It is funded by the Council and the local health district and is a lump sum payment to a student pursuing a course in a health-related discipline.
“It was really nice news. I was very surprised but very happy about it,” Kate told the BDT.
“I’ve got my final clinical placements this year so it’s going to be a big help to cover the cost of travel and also for textbooks.”
The former Willyama High School has completed placements at Canberra, Penrith and Wollongong.
In Year 10, she did work experience at the local hospital, prompting her interest in physiotherapy.
She now hopes to return home to Broken Hill on the completion of her degree.
“I’d really like to come back to work here and be closer to family and friends,” she said.
Kate thanked the Bowler Family, the local health district and Council for making the scholarship available and also her nomination referees.
Local health service General Manager, Jane Corcoran, congratulated Kate on winning this year’s scholarship from six applicants.
“The scholarship was designed to encourage locals to pursue studies in a health-related field with a view to then practicing in Broken Hill and it is particularly pleasing that a recipient of the scholarship was inspired to pursue a medical profession after completing work experience in the hospital.
“I’m also very pleased that Kate wishes to work in the Broken Hill Health Service physiotherapy department upon her graduation.”