After a difficult start in life, paramedic student Laurlily Kouma is looking forward to a brighter future thanks to the Stafford Wulff Opportunity Scholarship in Paramedic Science at Flinders University.
By the age of 17, Laurlily Kouma had already tackled many more obstacles than her peers. She grew up in Whyalla with a stepdad who suffered from schizoaffective disorder, and her mother who experienced severe depression.
‘We didn’t have any family nearby and mental health is poorly supported in rural locations. This left me feeling isolated and my own mental health began to deteriorate,’ says Laurlily.
To create a healthier environment during her year 12 studies, Laurlily made the difficult decision to move out of home, moving to Goolwa to live by herself.
‘I rented a room and worked six days a week to support myself, so that I could focus on completing year 12.’
Despite the lack of support and immense financial pressures, Laurlily achieved an ATAR of 99.35 and was accepted into the Paramedic Science degree at Flinders University.