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Scholarships and Studentships

Leap into a Health Related Career

Scholarships and Studentships


from the WCDHB Rural Learning Centre

Please come back and visit this page in July/August to see what is on offer for the 2018 West Coast DHB Scholarship and Studentship Programmes.

2017 Scholarship Programme

Certificate Presentation Ceremony

On Friday, 15 December 2017 the West Coast DHB celebrated their Scholarship and Studentship Programmes by presenting Certificates to the students (and whanau) who were able to attend the ceremony. The annual programmes are run to encourage students studying health related careers to engage with the West Coast DHB and to consider becoming part of the future Workforce.

The DHB noted that two local high schools and Tai Poutini Polytechnic noticeably urged students interested in health careers to apply for the Scholarship Programme. This engagement is welcomed and will continue to be supported.

The current students are encouraged to apply for the Scholarship Programme every year of their training programme and to have ongoing connections with the DHB by way of choosing the West Coast DHB for practical placements as part of their programme of study. The WCDHB's Rural Learning Centre can also support students to make professional connections during their years of study.

This year the students who were granted a scholarship of $500.00 as part of the 2017 Scholarship Programme are:


Student's Name

Health Related Programme of Study

April Ingenbleek

Medical Imaging

Bridget Foote

Bachelor of Nursing

Bridie Kitchin

Bachelor of Nursing

Brie Ana Lobb

Education, Psychology and Criminology

Devon Kilkelly

Bachelor of Nursing

Ella Nilson

Enrolled Nurse

Elysa Sollis

Bachelor of Nursing

Emily Pell

Medical Imaging

Grace Henry

Bachelor of Sciences - Neuroscience

Hazel Honey

Bachelor of Social Work

Isabelle Lomax – Sawyers

Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery

Jared Monk

Bachelor of Dental Surgery

Madison Ridge

Bachelor of Social Work

Maggi Johnson

Sport and Nutrition

Maisie Halsall-Rae

Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery

Nafisah Khan

Bachelor of Nursing

Rosie Kelly

Health Sciences  - degree course not chosen yet

Shaquelle Culling

Bachelor of Nursing – Endorsed as Kathleen McInroe Scholarship

Sophie Monk

Bachelor of Nursing

Te Awhina Pouwhare

Bachelor of Applied Sciences (3yrs) Masters of Osteopathy (2yrs)

Tom Fahey

Health Science hoping for; Dentistry, Physiotherapy or Optometry

Recipients of the 2017 Scholarship
Above Photo – The 2017 Scholarship recipients who were able to attend the Presentation Ceremony. Click here to open a larger image

2017 Studentship Programme

As part of these engagement programmes the WCDHB offer five weeks of project work to four students who are already on their health career pathway.  The Studentship Programme is hotly contested and this year the following students were chosen to take part.


Student's Name

Health Related Programme of Study

Tralee Walker

Bachelor of Arts – Major Minor in Maori and Indigenous Studies

Rebekah Stewart

Bachelor of Midwifery

Kaylee Thomson

Bachelor of Nursing

Caitlin Glue

Bachelor of Physiotherapy

This year the students worked with the following Departments and helped with many projects including; developing and conducting audits and surveys, researching what is happening at other DHBs and report writing.  The students present their findings to Project Supervisors, the education teams and the Executive Management Team.

  • Auditing Emergency Trolleys
  • Immunisation Services
  • Information Services Group (IT) Department
  • Ophthalmology Central Booking
  • Planning and Funding surveying Health of the Older Persons
  • Rural Learning Centre
  • The Library Services

As an aside, the students shared a workspace and learnt a lot about the diversity of the professions they were studying and spent time in departments and areas they may not normally be part of.

The West Coast DHB are keen to continue to support students who are interested in working with us in a rural health service.

Recipients of the 2017 Scholarship
Above Photo – The four 2017 Studentship Recipients. Click here to open a larger image