Notre Dame International Aid Scholarship recipient aims to 'make a difference'

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Media Release

Publication Date

Winter 14-7-2009

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Sydney Campus

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The University of Notre Dame Australia has awarded its first full International Aid Scholarship to a student from Phnom Penh, Cambodia who wants to ‘make a difference’ on return to her country.

Penh Rasmey Som is in her first year of Nursing at the Sydney Campus and says her main goal is to use her training to help people in the future.

“Being awarded this scholarship is an amazing opportunity for me. It is a bridge to my future and without it I couldn’t reach my goal of making a change and helping my people back home,” said Rasmey.

Rasmey moved to Australia four years ago after a chance meeting in Cambodia with her sponsor parents, David and Patricia Watkins, who saw her potential. She received a scholarship to study at Kincoppal-Rose Bay, School of the Sacred Heart from years 9 – 12.

Upon graduating she expressed a desire to study Nursing at Notre Dame and, as her family had no resources to support her, required a scholarship.

Dean of Nursing, Professor Margot Kearns, said the University was very happy to assist Rasmey with her studies and she has proven to be a solid student.

“Rasmey has settled into Notre Dame and is enjoying her studies and new friendships. Her natural, caring disposition will be much appreciated by her patients. She is currently undertaking her first practicum at The Mater Hospital,” said Professor Kearns.

“I love studying nursing, being at the University, learning new medical terminology and being part of the Notre Dame community,” said Rasmey.

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