Proud Dunghutti woman Sarah Louise Aitken is the recipient of an inaugural scholarship to attend the University of Newcastle and undertake a Bachelor of Nursing degree.
The new scholarship has been established by the Aspen Foundation to support Indigenous students in completing a degree in nursing or social work.
The scholarship provides a benefit of $5,000 each year for up to three years of study, with a total value of $15,000.
Chair of the Aspen Foundation Amelda Keys said the aim is to support Indigenous people who wish to have a career in healthcare.
"The Aspen Foundation is committed to supporting the undertaking of life-changing healthcare through significantly reducing or eradicating key illnesses and diseases in remote Australian communities and to provide education for the sustainability of improved health practices," Mrs Keys said.
"The Aspen Foundation aligns its support to initiatives such as scholarships, which will make a practical and immediate difference to the lives of people living in these remote and medically-challenged communities.
"We are committed to partnering with University of Newcastle, and others, to help close the gap in Indigenous health outcomes across Australia."
The relationship between the Aspen Foundation and the University of Newcastle stretches back to the 1980s.
This latest partnership builds on the Aspen Foundation's mission to support Indigenous health initiatives including Take Heart and Malpa.
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