Medical scholarship for Tristram

FORMER Molesworth man Tristram Parr, now of Gretna, is one of three promising students awarded scholarships to study medicine at the University of Tasmania (UTAS). Mr Parr, 19, yesterday received one of two inaugural Medical Council of Tasmania Medical Student Scholarships – the other recipient was 18-year-old Victoria Jordan of Hawley Beach. , two awards were made in 2011 to outstanding students. West Moonah’s Jessica Beechey, 18, received a UTAS School of Medicine scholarship.

All three awards were intended to support talented students in their medical studies and are valued at $8000 per year for up to five years. Professor James Vickers, Head of the UTAS School of Medicine, said it was wonderful to see such promising students rewarded for their hard work and determination. “Scholarship support of this kind is important to students whose circumstances mean they require a level of financial help to study to their full capacity,” Professor Vickers said. “By awarding these scholarships, our best and brightest young people are able to shine, by enabling them to devote their full attention to their studies.”

Professor Vickers said that in 2015 the UTAS Medical Faculty would celebrate 50 years of establishment – the same year that Victoria, Tristram and Jessica were likely to satisfy requirements for the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery.

A former student of Molesworth Primary School and New Norfolk High School, Tristram was named the Claremont College Dux of 2009 and also received a TCE score within the state’s top 100. He has selected his courses at university because he is interested in science. He said he is quite ambitious and wishes to make a difference to people’s lives.

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