Namik's story

As a child in Sri Lanka, Namik witnessed the impact of a doctor shortage during the brutal civil war.

“Hospitals were overflowing with the wounded and I felt the desperate need to help but, as a child, I couldn’t do much”.

Namik fled to Australia with his family, and both his parents worked hard at their low-paying jobs to support Namik and his sister.

Two strangers changed Namik’s life. John and Pauline Gandel’s donation to create a Scholarship gave Namik the chance to study at Monash.

This gave Namik the opportunity to study a Bachelor of Biomedical Science. “The ability to bring about a positive change in the lives of others is a huge motivating factor for me.”

Namik’s undergraduate degree was just the beginning and he was offered a place in the Doctor of Medicine course at Monash. This “incredibly satisfying moment” gave him the opportunity to realise a long-held dream.

The Gandels’ hope is that the Scholarship will create a platform for exceptional individuals to contribute their talent to creating a better world.

Namik hopes to use his qualifications and personal experiences in the service of others.

"Now I want to give back to the community who have given my family and I so much.”

Each year, alumni and donor support helps thousands of students, eligible for financial support, with access to a scholarship.  Your help can enable young people to fulfil their potential. Your generosity means more students like Namik can realise their dreams.

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