THE recipient of a medical scholarship was happy to leave behind the hustle and bustle of Sydney to return to Albury and receive her award yesterday.
Former Albury High School student Andrea Wendt, 18, received $5000 from Albury mayor Kevin Mack on behalf of the council for winning the scholarship.
The first-year medical student at the University of NSW will use the money to cover her relocation and study costs.
“Relocating in itself is expensive, so this money will come in handy and take some of the pressure off my parents,” Miss Wendt said.
“We also had to buy our stethoscope already, even though we won’t be using it until the second half of the year.”
Miss Wendt admits she is already feeling a touch homesick after spending a month in Sydney.
“I find the city busy and I like the convenience of Albury-Wodonga and the fact that it’s more quiet,” she said.
Cr Mack wished Miss Wendt the best for her studies and hoped she would one day return to work on the Border.
“It’s really important we encourage students to come back to Albury,” he said.
“Regional communities need the skills and expertise of qualified doctors and we hope Andrea will return and practise here.”
Miss Wendt was the dux of her high school last year with an ATAR of 97.3.
She also received the Premier’s Award for all-round excellence in the NSW HSC.
The scholarship was established through the Rural Clinical School of Medicine to assist first-year medical students.
It also supports medical students returning to Albury to complete studies through the Rural Clinical School of Medicine.