Monica first to receive USC scholarship
FORMER Hervey Bay State High School captain Monica Boulton is the first Fraser Coast student to receive a USC scholarship, and hopes to put that money towards saving lives.
The aspiring surgeon, who received an OP2 last year, has been awarded a $20,000 University of the Sunshine Coast Chancellor's Scholarship for academic excellence.
She said the scholarship would allow her the financial freedom to focus on a Bachelor of Nursing Science which she started this semester at USC Fraser Coast.
"I have always wanted to work in the medical field and this scholarship is a wonderful financial boost that will help me achieve this goal," Monica said.
"My ultimate goal is to work in a fast-paced hospital environment where I can make a difference and save lives."
While at USC, Monica intends to continue the active role she played in community service during her high school years.
"Last year I raised money for the Council Cancer and Leukaemia Foundation, as well as completing the 96km Kokoda Challenge for charity, and I hope to do similar fundraising activities this year, particularly Relay for Life."
The USC Chancellor's Scholarship is awarded each year to two first-year students in recognition of their outstanding academic success and active role in community activities.
Monica said she was loving her first experience of university life and nursing.
"Starting a Bachelor of Nursing Science has definitely confirmed that this is what I want to do," Monica said.
"I am particularly embracing the practical, hands-on aspect of the study program and I know it is going to be a very valuable degree for me as I chase my dream of becoming a surgeon."