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Psychology student wins Bowler Scholarship

Saturday, 17th March, 2018

Mayor Darriea Turley, David Bowler Scholarship recipient Jarrah Seager and Acting General Manager of the BH Health Service, Patricia Holtze at the hospital. PICTURE: Myles Burt Mayor Darriea Turley, David Bowler Scholarship recipient Jarrah Seager and Acting General Manager of the BH Health Service, Patricia Holtze at the hospital. PICTURE: Myles Burt

By Myles Burt

Jarrah Seager has been awarded the $5000 David Bowler Scholarship by the Broken Hill Health Service and City Council .

The money will help worth Ms Seager pursue her studies in Psychology. She said when she received the call, she felt very overwhelmed  

“I know how many people go in for it, and I know that the people that go in for it are so deserving of it, so I was not expecting it at all.”

Ms Seager has finished the third year of her Bachelor of Psychology and is continuing her university studies to pursue Honours. 

After her degree, she aims to come home to help locals and give back to the city. 

“When I finish my degree, hopefully I’ll come back to Broken Hill and put it back into the community through my job one day.”

Ms Seager has started her thesis which is focused on resilience outcomes among children in a “nature” playschool, where children are taught maths, science and other subjects outside. 

She said she had always been passionate about the outdoors because her father worked for National Parks, and the family had been on several overseas trips.

“I can see how the outdoors manages resilience and stressful events in life, so I can see that I’ll be motivated to do it. 

“The literature says yes, but I’m going to see what I come up with.”

In her years in Broken Hill, Ms Seager has been a volunteer with Headspace and participated in the local 42nd Army Cadet Unit, was a school leader as a Broken Hill High School Senior Prefect and School Captain. 

On leaving home for her university studies she was sad to have to leave her  volunteer work behind. 

But at Adelaide’s University of South Australia she is now the student representative for her student cohort in Psychology.

Acting General Manager of the Broken Hill Health Service, Patricia Holtze, said it was very hard for the panel to pick a recipient from all of the great candidates this year. 

“It was a very difficult task to choose someone and Jarrah is definitely very deserving of it,” she said.

Ms Holtze said the Health Service was looking forward to having Ms Seager return.

“Psychology and mental health, that’s an area the town needs some input into and I think she’ll be a great asset.”

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