In 2017, the John James Foundation generously pledged $72,000 over four years in support of the ANU Medical School Indigenous Scholarship, which supports one Indigenous medical student with a scholarship valued at $18,000 annually.
The current John James Foundation Award recipient, Stephanie Pollard, is a Ngemba woman who says the support has made a real difference to her studies.
"The financial aspect has enabled me to purchase all of the necessary equipment and has also allowed me not to have to work."
Stephanie has successfully completed her second year of the four-year Medicinae ac Chirurgiae Doctoranda degree and says she is proud of her academic improvement.
In 2019, Stephanie will undertake her study through the Rural Health Stream, which will see her spend the entire year in rural communities.
"The Indigenous and rural streams drew me to ANU as I saw them as the perfect way to boost my knowledge and experience so I am better prepared to treat Indigenous people."