South Burnett Women scholarship awarded
KINGAROY woman Mikaela Lenihan is the first winner of the Dr Ellen Mary Kent Hughes Scholarship.
Ms Lenihan started her first semester of pharmacy study at the University of Queensland this year.
She said she had always been interested in health and her favourite subject at Kingaroy State High School was chemistry.
Ms Lenihan is currently living on campus at Grace College.
"My parents read about the scholarship in the paper and thought that I should apply," she said.
"I was really surprised and really happy because it would help me with my studies."
The $5000 grant was announced at the South Burnett Women International Women's Day breakfast last year.
Ms Leniham said the money helped her to pay for text books and accommodation on campus.
"At the moment I'm finding university okay, it's really interesting," she said.
"I'd highly recommend applying for the scholarship to anyone who's considering it, it's lots of help for your study.
"It was always my goal to go to uni and I've wanted to do pharmacy for a while."
Applications for this year's scholarship will open in July.
"I'm just really thankful," she said.
Bursary sponsors: Swickers, Deb Frecklington, BGA AgriServices, SBcare, South Burnett District Law Assn, South Burnett CTC and Kewpie.