On February 10, as featured in the Cowra Guardian, the Central West Branch celebrated another successful scholarship program with the awarding of several scholarships.












The prestigious Barbara Wright Postgraduate Scholarship with a value of $5000 was awarded to Bridie Leonard (seen below). Brodie completed her undergraduate degree-gaining 1st Class Honours in Psychology at the University of NSW. She is currently  enrolled in a Master of Clinical Psychology and a PhD at the University of Sydney and her research is in the field of autism and its affects on families and we await the results of her research with interest. She is seen below with past Barbara Wright Scholar and impressive Guest Speaker Dr Taneile Kitchingman (L). 

Taneile Kitchingman was the 1st Cowra woman to be awarded the Dr Barbara Wright Postgraduate Scholarship (in 2014). Taneile now a Registrar Clinical Psychologist PhD at the Anxiety and Stress Clinic at the University of Wollongong, completed her undergraduate degree also with 1st Class Honours in Psychology. She also completed a Master of Clinical Psychology and PhD at UOW and her research was on the effects on telephone volunteers working with Lifeline. Her work has been published in Australia and overseas and she has presented at conference papers here and abroad. From her results practical measures are being taken to better prepare volunteers for the stressful telephone counselling task and to ameliorate  identifiable negative effects. Her work also has applicability to other areas of person-oriented jobs.

At the same ceremony, the Central West HSC Scholarship was awarded and this year there were two successful candidates: (L) Tahlia Venery and (R) Anna McNamara (seen below with Committee Member Christine Parker). The two applicants were both so strong, it was impossible for the assessors to split them, so it was determined two awards would be provided. Their details featured in the Cowra Guardian article.

Anna McNamara, seen here receiving her award from Christine Parker, completed her HSC at St Raphael’s Catholic School where she was Captain. She was accepted and is attending CSU Wagga Wagga doing a Bachelor of Animal Science with the intention of becoming a rural veterinarian. ‘My love for science and experience of the rural lifestyle of living on a farm has contributed to my aspiration to follow this tertiary pathway.’

Joint winner Tahlia Veney attended Cowra High School. She commenced her undergraduate study this semester at Canberra University in a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. Her long-term goal is to complete this 4-yr. degree and work in a facility where her knowledge helps and supports those with disabilities and injury. she would like to do her master’s degree in Speech Pathology.  ‘My passion has been to get the satisfaction in rehabilitating those back to their full potential and ultimately ending up in an occupation i love getting up for.’

The event was well attended and enjoyed by all with members and friends from around the local area. Seen here are Executives of the Central West Branch and their husbands with visiting Presidents from NSW and Federal.

Ian Brown, Anne Holloway, Michael Holloway, Dr Jane Baker, Doreen Todd & Sue Brown

We congratulate all winners and wish them well with their continuing studies. We also recognise the great work of the local branch in promoting rural and regional women students.