Stan Robson Rural Pharmacy Equity Scholarship

Overcoming distance

This $6000-a-year scholarship is awarded every year to a school leaver, from a rural or isolated area, who commences the first year of a pharmacy course at the faculty.

The four-year scholarship supports students facing financial hardship, with special consideration given to Indigenous students.

Dr Graeme Robson generously established the scholarship to honour his father, Stan Robson, a 1931 Victorian College of Pharmacy graduate, who practised pharmacy in Hamilton, western Victoria, for 60 years.

When establishing this scholarship to honour his father, Graeme Robson said:

"I want to acknowledge the generous and thoughtful support given to me by my father in encouraging my career and fostering those values of fairness, loyalty, personal responsibility and integrity that he regarded as so important to living. I wish to acknowledge this by awarding a scholarship in a sphere of interest that was particularly dear to my father: the practice of pharmacy and the intellectual stimulation of the science of pharmacy. I hope to assist those who are less fortunate, in particular, rural students and Indigenous scholars who may wish to obtain training in pharmacy."

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How to apply

Find out about eligibility and applying for The Stan Robson Rural Pharmacy Equity Scholarship.

How you can help

If you want to make a difference to a future student, please consider donating to an existing scholarship today. Or, to discuss setting up your own named scholarship, bursary or other award, please contact Chantelle Shaw, Alumni and Foundation Officer, +61 3 9903 9087, or by email:

Meet the 2017 scholarship recipient

Yamna Kanwar, Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) / Master of Pharmacy

Despite being born in Australia, both my parents were born overseas. My mum is currently not working and my dad is an indigenous health project manager. I have learnt a lot from my parents and believe that they are part of the reason of who I became today. I graduated from Nossal High School in 2016 and since year 11 decided that pharmacy would be a career I would like to pursue.

I have always been interested in science in general, so I always knew that my career would end up in the science or medical field. My interest initially when younger was dentistry due to the fact I had visited the orthodontist many times while having braces.  However, in the past 2 years, my mother had been having a lot of health problems and was recently diagnosed with uterine sarcoma. For treatment, she has been getting chemotherapy regularly, and I think by watching her go through that, it made me more curious about uterine sarcoma in general. I began to think of pharmacy as a suitable career after this, I wanted to know about my mother’s health and treatment options and thought that by being a pharmacist I could understand her and other people who are in a similar position.

I chose Monash out of all the universities that had to offer pharmacy as I had heard from others including my friends, family and guidance counsellors of its amazing reputation not only in Australia but worldwide. What also interested me was the new degree it had to offer, the course is very different to others and already having completed merely a semester I feel very happy in the course.

Currently I reside in Hallam, and the journey to Parkville does take some time, that’s why I believe this scholarship will be extremely beneficial. It allows me to focus on my education more and to be more independent and not rely on my parents for financial aid. It will also help aid transport cost throughout my schooling in Monash. Instead of gaining part time work for income, I am able to focus on other things such as extracurricular activities and my education.

Past recipients of The Stan Robson Rural Pharmacy Equity Scholarship

2016Laura Robinson
2015Chian-Chir Lim
2014not awarded
2013Caitlin Hand