On a path to help others
Years of hard work finally paid off for Sarah Penman when she was admitted to Melbourne Medical School earlier this year.
“Medicine was a childhood dream of mine, but something I thought was out of reach for someone like me. I am one of five children and my childhood was pretty unstable.” After a successful final year of high school, Sarah’s journey to medicine was stalled by financial problems and family illness.
“I'm 26 and in my first year of medical school. It's taken me a bit longer than some students to get myself on my dream path, but I'm really proud and grateful for where I am now,” she said.
Sarah’s hesitation in embarking on her dream was how to support herself financially while studying. Those concerns were alleviated when Sarah was awarded a Melbourne Medical School bursary.
“Realising that a career in medicine was a real option was a pivotal moment. This is a career dedicated to creating health, promoting life and caring for those less fortunate - this is the path for me!”
Despite the challenges of the academic load, Sarah remains deeply committed to fulfilling her dream and is optimistic about her future.
I’ve spent time in hospitals and doctors’ offices with my family and I’ve felt a powerful connection and gratitude towards those who have helped us at our most vulnerable. It is a huge privilege to be on the path toward being that figure for others.
Every gift, no matter the size, makes an impact. For Sarah, this bursary – possible because over 400 donors have contributed to almost 60 scholarships – set her on a path to help others.
Thanks to the collective generosity of a number of alumni and friends, bright students, regardless of their circumstances, are able to achieve their goals.