Flinders alumnus Kirsty Boden has been honoured with a new scholarship in her name, supporting Flinders University nursing students from regional SA.
Developed in consultation with the Boden family, the Kirsty Boden Memorial Nursing Scholarship will provide $20,000 per year to support two students in the final year of their studies.
The Premier met with Kirsty’s partner James Hodder in London, where he announced the scholarship.
Born and bred in Loxton, Kirsty Boden studied nursing at Flinders University in the Riverland, before moving to London to work as a nurse at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital.
She was tragically killed in the London Bridge terror attack in June as she rushed to the aid of victims. She was dubbed the ‘Angel of London Bridge’ for her heroism.
Premier Weatherill said the death of Kirsty Boden touched all South Australians, and brought the horror of terrorism closer to home for all of us.
“We could all relate to the story of a South Australian girl living it up in London while pursuing her dream job,” Premier Weatherill said.
“Kirsty was an exceptional student and a much-loved and respected nurse. Even in her final moments, she was trying to help others in need.
“This scholarship is a fitting tribute and lasting legacy for Kirsty. In years to come, nursing students from regional South Australia just like Kirsty will get the support they need so they can carry on her legacy of loving care,” he said.
Flinders University Vice-Chancellor Professor Colin Stirling said the scholarship will help individuals with much potential but limited means to achieve their ambitions.
“Kirsty Boden was distinguished by her generosity, selflessness and her determination to help others and to make a difference,” Professor Stirling said.
“A graduate of the class of 2009, Kirsty was an outstanding scholar, winning the School of Nursing and Midwifery Study Abroad Scholarship in 2008.
“Her enthusiasm and zest for life made her much loved by staff and peers, and a natural ambassador for the benefits of higher education and the discipline of nursing.
“These are the qualities we honour in celebrating Kirsty’s life and establishing this memorial scholarship generously funded by Premier Jay Weatherill,” he said.
The Kirsty Boden Memorial Nursing Scholarship will be available for third-year Flinders University nursing students from regional South Australia and will be awarded on the basis of financial need and academic commitment to the course.
Two students will receive $10,000 each, beginning in the 2018 academic year.
The State Government is initially providing $100,000 to fund the scholarship for at least five years.