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Applications are now open for the 2014 NSW Regional Dentistry Scholarship which is sponsored by the Nationals Senator for New South Wales John Williams.

Senator Williams has committed to assist a student from regional NSW who is enrolled in the first year of their dentistry degree in 2014.

The scholarship is valued at $4,800.

Senator Williams commenced the scholarship in conjunction with the National Rural Health Alliance in 2010 as a way of getting more dentists into regional areas.

The 2013 scholarship recipient Amelia Judson has just completed her first year and says in her report to the National Rural Health Alliance “If getting into dentistry wasn’t enough of a privilege already, I was fortunate enough to receive the NSW Regional Dentistry Scholarship. It has been a huge help in terms of helping me pay for supplies and tools needed for my subjects. But this scholarship has given me so much more than just financial help. This scholarship makes it possible for rural people like myself to study dentistry due to the high up-front costs of the degree. After almost a decade of drought, this scholarship really does come as a blessing.”

Senator Williams said a panel will consider the applications, and the scholarship recipient will be selected on the basis of their residency history from the age of 5 in regional NSW, their financial need, and a demonstrated commitment and aspiration to live and work in a regional part of the State.

“I also thank the National Rural Health Alliance for administering the scholarship, and Armidale dentist Dr. Chris Cole who has been an invaluable mentor to the students from day one”, Senator Williams said.

Application forms and scholarship guidelines are available at and applications close on the 17th of February, 2014.

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