Scholarships

Winnie May Nursing Scholarship

The Bundaberg Health Services Foundation has formed a research and training Sub-Foundation in honour of Dr Thomas Henry May and Laura Buchanan May. The Foundation’s charter includes the provision of funds to assist the training of staff at Bundaberg Hospital.

As part of this ongoing commitment for staff training, the inaugural Winnie May Nursing Scholarship was announced in May 2004. Nurse Winnie May, the niece of Dr Thomas Henry May, was trained by her uncle, Dr May, who was the Surgeon for the Bundaberg Hospital in 1884. Later, Dr May became the Medical Superintendent and was a principal founding member of the new Bundaberg Hospital.

This Scholarship, valued at up to $5000, is generously donated by the descendents of Dr May and will be offered each year for nursing staff at the Registered Nursing and Enrolled Nursing level who are employed at Bundaberg Hospital to encourage them to continue their professional development through an accredited nursing related course either on a full-time or part-time basis.

The Scholarship is open to all permanent Registered Nursing and Enrolled Nursing staff at Bundaberg Hospital whose studies are likely to be completed during the two year tenure of the Scholarship. The Scholarship will contribute towards the tuition, books and charges related to these studies.

Previous Winners

The Scholarship will be awarded on merit by a selection committee appointed by the Bundaberg Health Services Foundation to the person who best meets specific qualifications and criteria. Applications are currently closed for this year.

Selection Process

  • 2018 Lovely Korner, Adenelle Antolin
  • 2017 Cherie Arnold, Emma Shears, Katherine Powis, Kerri Ann Conard
  • 2016 Geraldine Griffiths, Anita Smith, Candice Bauer
  • 2015 Antoinette Hollett and Zaina Glynn
  • 2014 Liz Sellwood, Melanie Robinson, Naisam Sainudeen
  • 2013 Patricia Doyle
  • 2012  Nancy Scott, Jin Jin Gao
  • 2011 Tracey Devine, Lisa Watson, Mandy Zweedyk
  • 2010 Nicole Blunt, Michelle Blackwell, Carleen Ellis
  • 2009 Sharon Mick
  • 2008 Michelle Lacey, John Gamlin, Dohna Myler
  • 2007 Sandra Sharp
  • 2006 Christine Cameron
  • 2005 Rene Huysamen
  • 2004 Suzanne Vanderberg

Melanie Robinson Midwifery Award

The Bundaberg Health Services Foundation started a new award in honour of Melanie Robinson who was tragically killed in a car accident on February 4, 2016.

Each year the Foundation funds the Melanie Robinson Midwifery Award. The award is open only to midwives who are working in a maternity (including ante-natal and post-natal) environment at Bundaberg Hospital to further enhance their work practice.

Melanie, loved being a midwife, and was a Winnie May Scholarship recipient in 2014. These Scholarships are held annually by the Foundation to provide nurse education to those at Bundaberg Hospital.

She received $1500 for her studies in neonatal nursing allowing her to undertake a post-graduate degree in neonatal nursing through the Australian College of Nurses.

It has been Melanie’s passion and long term professional goal to become a specialised neonatal nurse.

The Foundation believes this is a fitting tribute and lasting reminder to a remarkable young nurse and midwife.

The award will be announced in conjunction with our annual Winnie May Scholarship function.

Selection Process

The Scholarship will be awarded on merit by a selection committee appointed by the Bundaberg Health Services Foundation to the person who best meets specific qualifications and criteria.  Applications are currently closed for the year.

Previous Winners

  • 2019 Emily Sorbie, Michelle Shield, Jodie-Lee Nowland
  • 2018 Sharon Watkins
  • 2017 Susan Betts
  • 2016 Holly Sinclair

Sharon Benson Award

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Selection Process

The Scholarship will be awarded on merit by a selection committee appointed by the Bundaberg Health Services Foundation to the person who best meets specific qualifications and criteria.  Applications are currently closed for the year.

Previous Winners

  • 2020 Winner to be announced

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