GradReady Millennials Scholarship for GAMSAT ® Courses

Encouraging resourcefulness, ingenuity and initiative

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Background

GradReady was founded on the belief that “there has to be a better way”. We saw the opportunity to make learning more effective and efficient through doing something new and different. It is this change-for-better attitude that we would like to encourage in all applicants of the GradReady Millennials Scholarship.

We would like to help build a culture where people are encouraged to look for novel solutions, to think outside the box and to leverage and build upon the amazing tools of this new information age.

One of the main challenges we will face in the coming decades is the provision of adequate healthcare to the aging population in the developed world and the expanding population in the developing world. As a prospective medical student and future clinician, you will be leading the efforts to address this challenge - through pioneering new tools and methods.

GradReady Millennials Scholarship is set up to help you to take the first step in becoming a part of the solution.

Eligibility criteria

Prospective medical students.

Scholarship details

Full fee paid for a GradReady All Topics Live Course + $500 cash

If you have already signed up for a GradReady All Topics Live Course and are awarded the scholarship, your payment will be refunded.

5 scholarships available Australia wide.

How to apply

1. Compose a 600 - 800 word essay outlining how you have demonstrated one or more of the following 3 qualities - resourcefulness, ingenuity and initiative - through achieving positive results for yourself or for the people and wider community around you. Also explain how your experiences will help you in your future endeavours and achieving your aspirations.

2. Update your CV.

3. Email the essay and CV, in a single PDF Document, to millennials@gradready.com.au

Title both the email and the document in the following manner

Eg. "GAMSAT ® exam - 2017 Millennials Application - John Jackson"

Timeline

2017 Applications are now open

Applications close 21st October 11:59pm AEDT

Interviews will be held between 23rd October - 6th November, 2017.

Recipients will be notified by 15th of November.

To read the personal stories of our past recipients, please see below for past Millennials Scholarship winners.

2016 GradReady Millennials Scholarship Recipients

We would like to congratulate Akash Patel and Ruby Rose Simms-Cumbers for being two of our recipients this year. There were many quality candidates in 2016 - Akash and Ruby Rose are two of the candidates who stood out for their commendable personal qualities, which were demonstrated throughout their lives, and for the positive impact they were able to make on people around them. They have been kind enough to allow their stories to be shared - we hope that their journey will inspire you to do your best in making a positive impact in your community and beyond.

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Akash Patel
What qualities would you say you have consistently demonstrated throughout your life?

From an early age I’ve had many different interests. Growing up in Alice Springs, sport became a huge part of my life, and cricket was eventually the sport that took over all the others. After moving to boarding school in Adelaide to pursue cricket further, I was lucky enough to find myself representing South Australia in the national Future’s League competition in my first year of University. Since then, I’ve had to balance cricket commitments with university, as well as working as a resident assistant and Indigenous mentor at a secondary school. All the while working towards my aspirations to help people in areas of poverty and disaster. Through a passion for all of these interests paired with perseverance and discipline, I’ve been able to succeed in each of these pursuits, and these qualities are what I hope will bring me similar success in studying medicine.

Having a passion for Indigenous education from my experiences in Alice Springs, working as an Indigenous student mentor in Adelaide has been an incredibly rewarding experience. Yet in my eyes there were drastic improvements that could be made to my School’s current program. This year I was lucky enough to win a fellowship from the school in order to rewrite the Indigenous education program with the hope to increase the wellbeing of students and achieve greater success in closing the gap in educational outcomes.

During 2015 I found myself in Nepal during the devastating earthquake that shook the country to its knees. Within this tragic situation I realised why I’d always been drawn to a career in medicine. I found myself completely helpless to help all those in need in any significant way. The experience of seeing doctors being able to help all those who’d been devastated in the wake of the tragedy opened my eyes to the fact that in matters of life and death, being a doctor is one of the most meaningful ways to help people when they need it most.

From my different experiences around the world, I’ve learnt that we are all extremely lucky to live in a country like Australia. We have opportunities here that are a privilege, and I feel as though it is up to us to help those in need that find themselves in situations of disadvantage; whether that be abroad or on our own doorstep. My passion for helping others, and discipline and perseverance to constantly pursue success, are qualities that I hope will lead me to be successful in making the most of these opportunities, and help those who need it most through a career in medicine.

What drives you?

An innate desire to push myself to achieve my full potential and not waste any opportunities, has driven me to strive for success in everything I do. Being from a refugee family that arrived in Australia in the 1970s, my family’s sheer hard work allowed them, and eventually myself, to have opportunities that are an absolute privilege, not a right, such as studying at university and pursuing what interests me with freedom. My grandparents’ unbelievable hard work inspires me to push myself every day to make the most of these opportunities that I have been lucky enough to be given.

What do you hope to achieve in 20 years?

In 20 years I hope to be established as a registered specialist in emergency medicine or a general surgeon. I hope that I’d have helped those patients in rural and remote areas of Australia and impoverished areas of the world. I aspire to work for Doctors without Borders in disaster zones and areas of extreme poverty, and in the healthcare of refugees, who desperately need greater support. Having seen first-hand the discrepancies between major centres and the rural communities of Australia from a healthcare perspective, I also aspire to become a leader in reducing this inequality through working in these areas and ensuring they are not forgotten by the rest of the medical community.

Describe your "GAMSAT ® Exam Journey" so far.

2017 will be my first attempt at the GAMSAT ® exam. I began studying with Gradready in late July of this year. I’ve learnt an immense amount so far, and from here on in I need to stay on task and keep working on improving my weaknesses, to feel as if come March 2017 I’ve given it all I’ve got, and hopefully that will be enough to allow me to pursue tuition at the medical school of my choice.

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Ruby Rose Simms-Cumbers
What qualities would you say you have consistently demonstrated throughout your life?

My drive and determination to continue to learn and expand my knowledge in a range of areas has always been present in my life. From the time before I went to school I was already asking my parents to put me in classes! I had an innate gift and love for art which drove me to bargain for extra art lessons whenever I could. I learnt to read before I started school and books always offered me an amazing escape from the real world as a child. I always seemed to be reading.

When I started school I developed another passion which had been brewing, the love of maths and science. I found maths fun and would do equations as a pastime. When in year 5 at school, my teacher gave me the opportunity to do some year 6 work, I revelled in this and ended up jumping a year. The following year my dad unexpectedly passed away in traumatic circumstances and left me unable to complete year 7 and year 8. When I started back at school in year 9 I was nearly 2 years behind my classmates. However, I caught up within a few months and then excelled academically by receiving an offer to be part of the GATE (Gifted And Talented Education) Academic Extension program. I was also part of the GATE Visual Arts program and went to school every Saturday to do art. However, I still suffered from debilitating conditions and given a relapse during year 12 I was unable to attend school but completed my studies at home and still graduated (but without an ATAR score).

I started a fine arts degree that I got into through portfolio pathway, however, I soon began to miss maths and science. I never understood society dictating that one must choose either art or science. I am now completing my psychology degree as it provides a good mix, however, I am very interested to expand on the biological aspect of mental illness and its connection with co-morbid physical conditions. I believe we should never stop learning. And most importantly, never lose the love of learning.

I have always been a good leader and public speaker. I hold my dad responsible for this as he was heavily involved in politics and would take me to rallies and political party meetings as a child. He was a full blown hippy from the 60s! I have this deep commitment to social justice installed in me from an early age and have expanded this to being an executive committee member for the University of Western Australia People for Animal Welfare club and debating captain in high school. I competed in speaking competitions in high school such as the UN Youth Voice and managed the inter-school debate competitions. I am a life long vegetarian despite coming from a farming family and believe in the ethical and health reasons behind a plant-based diet. In the future I want to be a leader and advocate for the promotion of child/adolescent mental health and be able to address the shortage of resources and government funding in this area. In particular, to increase access to services in rural areas.

I am a very independent person. Coming from a rural family background, a strong work ethic has been drilled into me from an early age and I have been working in some capacity since I was 14. This year at 19 I moved out and fully support myself financially by working 25 hrs a week in a professional job while studying full time. When I worry about the difficulty of medicine I tell myself that if I am able to do this I can probably handle the work required of medical school and future registrar training. Despite this, I constantly want to improve my qualities as perfection is nonexistent and it is so important to continue to grow as a person.

What drives you?

I currently work as a Behavioural Therapist (BT) with autistic children and have learnt so much through this experience. The work is very challenging but is so worth it to see the improvement in family and child functioning. The decision to apply for medicine is something many people I know are surprised at. I am on a definite pathway to becoming a psychologist and my fellow BTs are mostly provisional psychologists already. However, I feel drawn to medicine. I want to be able to look at and investigate physical illness as well as mental illness and be able to provide biological treatment as well as psychotherapy. I have so many varied interests in the area of health that I believe being a psychologist may not provide the full scope that I’m looking for. I do however believe that psychology is a very valued profession and I would be proud to call myself a psychologist if medicine does not work out.

What do you hope to achieve in 20 years?

In 20 years I hope to have completed all my subspecialty training in Child/Adolescent Psychiatry and Consult-Liaison Psychiatry or the Dual Fellowship program in Paediatrics and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry with particular expertise in child/adolescent psychosomatic medicine and neuropsychiatry. I want to be at the interface of mind-brain-body. There are not enough child psychiatrists out there and I hope to be one of the first to sub-specialise in the link between child mental health and diseases such as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), irritable bowl syndrome (IBS), autoimmune disfunction and neurological disease.

I hope my passion for both the arts and sciences will come together to provide a complete holistic approach in the treatment of my patients. I hope to never lose sight of how important every single detail is in working with children and young people. I hope that one day I might make a research discovery that will create a positive difference and to share my knowledge through teaching. I also hope to achieve one of life’s most difficult but rewarding challenges; having a family of my own. 

Describe your "GAMSAT ® Exam Journey" so far.

I sat the GAMSAT ® exam for the first time in March this year. I was happy to pass in my overall score but I did get slightly under 50 for SIII which is no surprise since I hadn’t studied chem/bio/physics since year 10. I am certain that with some structured teaching in these areas and some support to refine the humanities sections I will get a score that will hopefully get me an interview next year. I would never have been able to afford a course like this and am so grateful for this opportunity.

2015 GradReady Millennials Scholarship Recipients

We would like to congratulate Anne Peters and Fares Al-Sawari for being two of our recipients this year. There were many quality candidates in 2015 - Anne and Fares are two of the candidates who stood out for their commendable personal qualities, which were demonstrated throughout their lives, and for the positive impact they were able to make on people around them. They have been kind enough to allow their stories to be shared - we hope that their journey will inspire you to do your best in making a positive impact in your community and beyond.

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Anne Peters
What qualities would you say you have consistently demonstrated throughout your life?

My childhood was consumed by a passion for dance. This reached a pinnacle at age 14 when I took the initiative to move away from home to study ballet in Sydney fulltime. During this time I completed my academic years 9 and 10 via correspondence however upon completion of year 10, I was required to choose between ballet and academics. Knowing that I would always be able to return to study and that a dancing career would not offer the same luxuries, I chose ballet. I was determined to achieve my aspiration of gaining fulltime employment with a ballet company within the next few years. Following several setbacks and moments that truly tested my desire and resilience, I achieved my goal and was accepted to join the Queensland Ballet Company. Like most of my successes in life, I predominantly attribute this success to tenacity and perseverance; two qualities I believe I have consistently demonstrated throughout my life and qualities I believe will allow me to be successful in future endeavours.

In 2011, after a successful 4­years fulltime employment with the Queensland Ballet Company, I fractured my spine and suffered from other associated complications forcing my retirement. Having immersed myself in the world of dance since age 3, I was unsure as to what my next career direction should be. Determined to not let this injury define me, I contacted universities and TAFE, attended meetings with academic advisors and course coordinators, attended mature age entry workshops and information seminars, and sat several exams that eventually resulted in me completing the Adult Tertiary Preparation course at TAFE. Due to the initiative I demonstrated during this crossroads, I am now nearing the end of my undergraduate degree and about to embark on a journey that I am sure will once again test my resilience, tenacity and perseverance­ my journey to medicine.

What drives you?

I have lived a very exciting and full life that has provided me with more opportunities and experiences than most people my age. I have travelled the world and achieved many of my dreams but have also experienced times of hardship, sickness and non­successes. I have learnt that sickness is horribly scary, and as a patient you completely and whole­heartedly entrust your health with your doctor. Because of these experiences I have grown to believe that becoming a doctor is a vocation that if carried out with empathy and selflessness, can allow you to have a meaningful and positive impact on the lives of others, a vocation I believe would be immensely rewarding. It is this gratification that I feel is driving me to be successful in my future aspirations of being a doctor.

What do you hope to achieve in 20 years?

In 20 years time I hope to have achieved my registration as a medical specialist. I hope to have positively impacted the lives of many patients and their families and I hope to have accomplished this by adopting a more holistic approach than is commonly utilised by current medical practitioners. Further to this, coming from a regional town in New South Wales, I have experienced the divide in accessibility to specialist medical care between rural and metropolitan areas and as such, hope to contribute to bridging this gap in years to come.

Describe your "GAMSAT ® Exam Journey" so far.

I have sat the GAMSAT ® exam once before and although I achieved a mark higher than I had anticipated, it was still not high enough for me to progress through to the interview stage of the application process. I walked out of the exam, not so much daunted by the process, but more eager to begin studying for the next exam, as I believed furthering my essay writing skills and increasing my knowledge of chemistry could improve my score.

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Fares Al-Sawari
What qualities would you say you have consistently demonstrated throughout your life?

Key attributes, abilities and personal strengths in leadership that I have consistently demonstrated throughout my life are integral as a medical student and as a future doctor leading a medical team. Having seen the genuine interest of doctors in their cases and motivation, highlighted to me the privilege of being involved in such a rewarding and stimulating profession. I am confident that my enthusiasm, extremely high work ethic, and thirst for knowledge are needed to succeed in this fulfilling vocation.

The healthcare patients receive today is built on years of clinical research. As a result, I am currently lead author in four research papers; in addition, several other small side projects. I have successfully presented my different areas of clinical research as oral and poster presentations at various conferences around Australia. I trust my experiences and research capabilities will provide an important basis to facilitate my learning during medical vocation but also during my medical career.

The Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) program is an inspiring new program proven to connect indigenous students with post year 12 opportunities, including further education and employment. As an active member and a mentor, my involvement and experience has been highly satisfying and rewarding. This experience has cemented the need and development of focused leadership, communication skills and cultural understanding. I strongly believe that work done in the spirit of service yields the greatest outcomes and even greater is giving back to the community through acts of voluntary service. My involvement in the AIME program enabled me to give back to the community by assisting in building a generation of future leaders who strive to create a culture where for every step you take forward in life, you throw your hand back and bring someone with you.

The Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program (JYSEP) is another program that has enabled me to utilize my leadership skills while serving the Australian community. My involvement in the JYSEP assists young youth (between 12‐18 years of age) in developing their spiritual qualities (virtues), intellectual capabilities and capacities for service to society. The participants in this program come to see that they can become positive agents of change in the world.

I have always taken a great interest and initiative in students learning and education. In turn, I have tutored and assisted students in key subject areas including; pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacology and physiology. This has been a pivotal experience in developing my leadership skills and more importantly, supporting students to follow their dreams and achieve their future goals. I look forward to one day being able to assist future clinicians in their medical aspirations.

Having spent a significant amount of my childhood in rural area (River Lands in South Australia) with my grandparents, I have seen the shortage of health professionals, especially in more remote indigenous communities nearby. I also feel that modern medicine should attempt to bridge the gap between indigenous and non‐indigenous Australians in terms of health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, chronic otitis media, rheumatic heart disease and lower life expectancy discrepancies. This has been further cemented through my involvement in the AIME program. I look forward to developing and providing the skills necessary to work within these areas and provide the services that are currently in short supply.

What drives you?

There would be multiple things in life that drive me, however if I was to list a couple of key drivers they would definitely include: ensuring patients health and well‐being, serving my community, teaching, helping others pursue their dreams, getting through hurdles that life has thrown at me, knowledge, and success.

What do you hope to achieve in 20 years?

To have built a self‐sustainable educational hub for those who are disadvantage, and who are unable to afford an education. This educational facility will support students to follow their dreams and achieve their future goals. Most importantly, to have chased my dream and completed my medical training in the field of cardiology.

Describe your "GAMSAT ® Exam Journey" so far.

I have sat the GAMSAT ® exam before and although passed, did not progress to the interview stage for my first preference medical school. I am confident that the Millennial Scholarship will assist my preparation for the 2016 GAMSAT ® exam to successfully gaining admission into my desired university.


2014 GradReady Millennials Scholarship Recipients

We would like to congratulate Constanza Ferreyra Bas and Bethany Ball for being two of our recipients this year. There were many quality candidates in 2014 - Bethany and Constanza are two of the candidates who stood out for their commendable personal qualities, which were demonstrated throughout their lives, and for the positive impact they were able to make on people around them. They have been kind enough to allow their stories to be shared - we hope that their journey will inspire you to do your best in making a positive impact in your community and beyond.

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Bethany Ball
What qualities would you say you have consistently demonstrated throughout your life?

I critically think about situations that I come across, which allows me to understand the reasons behind them and brainstorm ideas on how to improve the way in which things could be done next time. I have a creative side and thrive on coming up with new ideas. I’ve inherited my parents' generosity, kindness and mathematical brain, which has me naturally learning towards community service and finding problems to fix.

I have applied these qualities through leadership roles in work, sport and volunteering. Currently, I am involved in the establishment of a research facility within a retirement village, focussing on healthy ageing initiatives, including Dementia prevention. This facility not only contributes essential research data toward dementia prevention, but by through its location within a retirement village we are also bridging the gap between research outcomes and clinical practice in the ageing community. As this is a new research centre, we are doing the best we can to establish funding. We need to exercise our resourcefulness constantly to get what we need done, especially amidst our current $1.5 million dementia prevention clinical trial.

I show initiative in all aspects of my life. I am a big believer in team-work and love team sport. My sport of choice for the past 5 years has been roller derby. l was lucky enough to progress to Team Australia try outs last year. Currently, I am founding a Roller Hockey league in Sydney and have organised a large group of skaters, coaches, the venue hire and training sessions. I saw the need for Roller Hockey in Sydney so I used my skills to help begin the budding of the sport in my town. Whilst a member of my Roller Derby league I questioned why we did not have an established first-aid committee for such a dangerous high contact sport and such a large group of skaters, sitting just under 100 people skating. I am now head of first-aid for the league and have established policy and protocol surrounding injuries, guided a group of twenty first-aid officers and facilitated their training and ongoing safety development through workshops where visitors are invited to present.

I am constantly open to developing new qualities and continuously gaining insight and knowledge from new experiences. I am looking forward to the world of medicine combined with research where I will never stop learning and never stop being fascinated and humbled by the human body and mind.

What drives you?

I feel fulfilled when I see gaps in processes or problems that need fixing and then successfully getting them fixed. I enjoy possessing skills that can fix problems. I enjoy contributing to projects, organisations and the community. I love to be inspired, as this is when l have the most energy. People inspire me - everyone has a story and develops into their own complicated self. The human body is a complicated array of processes that can go wrong, I love that I will never know everything in medicine and science and that I will constantly be learning and building on my knowledge.

What do you hope to achieve in 20 years?

Currently, there is a lack of holistic care in medicine and a lack of translation from research outcomes to medical practice. Using my initiative, resourcefulness and ingenuity I am hoping to become a doctor and open a brain health clinic where patients will be treated and can connect with specialists in every field. I hope to help bridge many gaps in medicine through my own multi-functional clinic. Although the focus will be on the brain, this encompasses many fields such as nutrition, exercise, mental health, paediatrics, neonatal care, ageing, naturopathy, surgery and research - I want to encourage a collaborative approach to medicine and research. I also hope to use my qualifications and skills to contribute to disadvantaged communities, nationally and internationally, and use my leadership skills to guide and teach.

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Constanza Ferreyra Bas
What qualities would you say you have consistently demonstrated throughout your life?

Up until now I have lived life based on the qualities that are most important to me, as they allowed me to get through the hardships of life. These qualities include resourcefulness, initiative, ingenuity and passion. Having a high regard for these qualities made me aware of the help my parents needed to conquer the economic hardship that we faced ten years ago when we arrived in Australia. After really understanding what the first few years of living in Australia were going to involve, I took action by being proactive in mainly minimising the financial burden I was to my parents. I then began to look for ways to help my parents financially. I sold caramel slices at the local football games (a great success) and l capitalised on this by selling hand-made jewellery along with the slices. I offered every dollar I made to my parents. Although my parents were always reluctant to take the money, it did help to pay for my school expenses (excursions, buying textbooks, uniforms, calculators and the yearly school photos).

Although a nice gesture, $60 wasn't going to rip us out of poverty and seat us comfortably in a mansion. I felt I could do more. Learning English, although easy for me, was frustrating and spirit breaking for my parents. Seeing me progress in language gave my parents the inspiration to look for something more than just back breaking labour. Once I was fluent in English I was ready to pass on my knowledge to help them improve. I clearly wasn’t an English teacher but I found a way to help improve their English. Firstly, I simply encouraged the family to speak English at home. And secondly, I wrote English exams for them to sit every month, designed using templates of year 7-8 school English tests.

My father is now applying for his Honours in Psychology and my mother is in a professional position in rural Australia.

What drives you?

I firmly believe that the last ten years have defined who I am today. Having experienced the hardships of moving to a foreign country and working towards where I am today, I have learned that with passion and perseverance one can always find the light at the end of the tunnel. I lived life based on these principles and this allows me to continue to follow my dreams, regardless of the obstacles along the way.

What do you hope to achieve in 20 years?

I hope to experience another twenty beautiful years of life, full of hope, learning, love and happiness. I would first like to travel the world and experience life amongst different cultures. I hope to finally be able to speak Portuguese within the next ten years (which I've always wanted), but most importantly, I hope to have achieved full registration as a doctor and be heading towards a career in paediatrics. Towards the end of the twenty years I hope to have a beautiful family of five.