The NSW Regional Dentistry Scholarship aims to support a student with strong links to regional New South Wales to train for a professional dental career. The scholarship is awarded annually to a student commencing dentistry studies.
The one-year scholarship has a value of $4,800. The scholarship holder will also have access to mentoring support from an experienced dentist who is based in regional New South Wales.
The NSW Regional Dentistry Scholarship is supported by Senator John Williams, The Nationals Senator for NSW, and is administered by the National Rural Health Alliance. When he announced the establishment of the scholarship Senator Williams said:
"The last available figures are a stark reminder of the lack of oral health specialists in regional areas where there are just 30 per 100,000 people compared with double that number in major cities. Remote areas fare even worse with just 20 dentists per 100,000 people. I hope in some small way this scholarship will eventually assist a country community."
2014 Scholarship holder
The 2014 NSW Regional Dentistry Scholarship has been awarded to Jarrod Brice from Euston NSW, who is enrolled in first year of the Bachelor of Dental Surgery at the University of Adelaide.