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Mackenzie Wedrat receives the 2023 NCWQ Hon. David Littleproud MP Bursary

Dalby native Mackenzie Wedrat’s educational aspirations have been given a major boost thanks to a bursary from Leader of The Nationals and Member for Maranoa David Littleproud.

The former Our Lady of Southern Cross College student began tertiary education earlier this year, studying a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) at the University of the Sunshine Coast, and the $1000 bursary supported by Mr Littleproud via the National Council of Women Queensland (NCWQ) will support Mackenzie in her studies as well as in the adjustment of relocating from Dalby to Sippy Downs for her studies.

This year marks the seventh year that Mr Littleproud has been involved in the NCWQ bursary program, which aims at supporting young regional women pursue higher education by assisting in associated costs with completing and relocating for their studies.

“The NCWQ bursary program makes a significant difference in the lives of countless young women from across regional Queensland and it is wonderful to be involved again this year,” Mr Littleproud said.

“It gives me great pride to support Mackenzie in her aspirations to achieve a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) and she has set a great example for her community to follow.

“I congratulate Mackenzie on being the recipient of this year’s bursary and I wish her all the best with her future studies.”

Mackenzie said she was humbled to be selected as the recipient of this year’s Hon. David Littleproud bursary.

“As the recipient of the NCWQ Hon. David Littleproud MP Bursary for 2023, I wish to express my gratitude for the opportunities this bursary will present,” she said.Authorised by David Littleproud, Warwick, Queensland

“My career development and inspiration began in Dalby, when I became immensely captured by the diversity of the Allied Health field and upon further research, I came to admire the specific roles of an occupational therapist.

“Through additional exposure from current support work, I am presently optimistic to enter the practice areas of rehabilitation, disability, or aged care.

“Altogether, this bursary offers a meaningful contribution towards my professional development and will be a significant financial support for sourcing course requirements, overall, aiding my transition from a rural community.

“I would like to formally acknowledge the generosity of NCWQ and to thank Mr Littleproud for their ongoing educational support towards regional-based women.”


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