The City of Greater Bendigo, VicRoads, FRRR, and Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water have teamed up with La Trobe University to offer six Civil Engineering scholarships, which include financial support totalling $50,000 as well as paid vacation work.
‘These scholarships, which have all been awarded to students hailing from regional Victorian towns, are an investment in a strong and highly skilled rural workforce,’ says Professor Joe Petrolito, Head of the Department of Civil Engineering and Physical Sciences at La Trobe University Bendigo.
‘Currently many parts of regional Victoria are dealing with challenges such as skills shortages, population booms and ageing infrastructure. There has never been a more important time for the University and its industry partners to find ways to keep talented young people in the bush.’
Professor Petrolito says that as well as providing financial assistance, all organisations are giving students access to fully paid work experience and mentoring advice from industry professionals.
For student James Fearn the City of Greater Bendigo/La Trobe University Civil Engineering Scholarship as well as the Dean’s Scholarship for Academic Excellence helps offset some of the challenges of living in a regional area.
‘I live in Woodend and study in Bendigo. The scholarship helps me pay my travel costs as well as open doors to get work experience.
‘This is really important for me because I’ve found that it can sometimes be hard to work as well as study five days a week. My scholarships allow me to work during holiday breaks, gain experience in civil engineering as well as getting an insight into project management.’
Representatives from the sponsoring organisations will attend a celebratory morning tea on Tuesday 28 May, where they will meet scholarship recipients.
Tom O’Callaghan, Media Assistant
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