Lynch Pins Down Scholarship
The Australian Government has named Deakin University psychology student Rachelle Lynch as a recipient of a New Colombo Plan scholarship, awarding her a prestigious scholarship to live, study and intern overseas. The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, awarded the scholarship to Rachelle.
Rachelle is among a group of the first Deakin students to ever be awarded this extremely prestigious scholarship, which requires students to go through an intensely competitive application and interview process. The New Colombo Plan (NCP) provides federal government funding to help Australian students pursue study abroad opportunities in the Indo-Pacific region. Thousands of students across Australia are eligible to receive mobility grants of up to $7000 to enable them to engage in short-term or semester-long study programs. But only a select handful of students are selected to become NCP scholars, with recipients eligible to receive up to $68,000 in funding to pursue longer-term study opportunities and internships. This year, just 105 of Australia’s best and brightest undergraduate students were named as NCP scholars.
Rachelle Lynch, currently completing her Bachelor of Psychological Science, has designed an adventurous study program. She will undertake an internship in East Timor with Many Hands International, and a semester of exchange at UCSI in Malaysia. She will then be working for three months through St Vincent’s Hospital in Kuala Lumpur to adapt their Optimal Health Program to meet the cultural and linguistic needs of the Malay population.
The School of Psychology offers its congratulations to Rachelle for her outstanding achievement.