Valuable scholarships awarded

Valuable scholarships awarded

20 May 2009

Thirteen engineering students at La Trobe University count themselves fortunate to have received valuable scholarships from organisations in and around Bendigo.

Brett Martin Engineering Scholarships The Coomes Consulting Group has awarded four scholarships worth up to $38,000 each to civil engineering students Ashley Wilkie, Alexander Reid, David Carroll and Lloyd Harriott.

Fellow student Jeremy Priest has been awarded a scholarship from the City of Greater Bendigo worth up to $23,000 over the period of his study and the chance to work during study vacation for the Bendigo council.

This year’s recipient of the VicRoads scholarship, Jackson Renton, will receive up to $22,000 over the period of his study and the chance to work during study vacation for the government body.

La Trobe University Head of Civil Engineering and Physical Sciences, Professor Joe Petrolito said the scholarships are meeting a great need in the region.

‘Seventy seven per cent of students who study in Bendigo take up positions in the region and it is likely the City of Greater Bendigo and VicRoads scholarships will encourage another civil engineer to live and work locally, benefiting the community as a whole.’

Professor Petrolito added that other rural and regional towns also benefit as La Trobe University students often return to their home town to work when they complete their studies.

Coomes Consulting Group scholarship recipient, Ashley Wilkie from Bendigo Senior Secondary College, said the scholarship will ease the financial pressure and allow him to focus on his academic studies.

‘Since I was a child I have been fascinated by buildings and I am looking forward to working in a big company with lots of resources, which can transform a plain piece of land into something useful.’

Mr Wilkie said other students should apply next year. ‘You have to be in it to win it.’ He said he is looking forward to working for Coomes and applying the design skills he gains from the La Trobe civil engineering course.

City of Greater Bendigo scholarship recipient, Jeremy Priest, a former Castlemaine Secondary School student, encourages future students to apply for a scholarship.

‘I haven’t started yet, but I am really looking forward to working in the engineering office at the City of Greater Bendigo. I urge future civil engineering students to apply for scholarships in engineering.’

Manager Asset Planning and Design for the City of Greater Bendigo, Brett Martini, recommends that businesses consider offering scholarships to students

‘As well as helping exposing students to practical work and assisting in the selection of their career path post-university, the scholarships are beneficial to the organisation’s recruitment process and can direct other students towards considering working for them.’

‘We have employed civil engineering undergraduates on a part time basis previously, and value the different perspective from students towards projects.’
Jackson Renton, who studied at Assumption College in Kilmore, said he may stay in Bendigo to take full advantage of working for VicRoads, rather than returning home.

‘The financial incentive was only a small part of the reason I applied for the scholarship. The main reason was to develop my learning and experience within civil engineering and working with VicRoads opens up great opportunities,’ Mr Renton said.

The scholarship packages includes financial assistance for the duration of study, paid vacation work experience during the first three years of the course, and valuable career mentoring from professional engineers at  the host organisations.

Mr Renton will have the opportunity to work with VicRoads during his studies for up to 12 weeks a year, gaining valuable experience in the sector and experience within the local community.

‘I chose La Trobe Bendigo because my private research showed that the civil engineering course here is of a high standard and it was convenient for me to live on residence here while studying.’

‘The Vic Roads graduate program will allow me to work in engineering areas, attend workshops, and develop my skills. I am looking forward to using my course material in practice, and developing myself to ensure promising future job prospects.’

Other scholarship recipients are Fergus Meyer (Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water scholarship worth up to $35,000); Martin Ireland and Jocelyn Amiet (SJE Consulting scholarships worth up to $19,000 each); Shane O’Toole (Hindmarsh Shire scholarship worth up to $32,000); Maxwell Bailey (FRRR/Queanbeyan City Council scholarship, worth up to $38,000); and Adam Hill and Jacob Tierney (GHD scholarships worth up to $34,500 each).
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INTERVIEW/PHOTO OPPORTUNITY

What?    Students and La Trobe University engineering staff will meet representatives from the sponsoring organisations for morning tea.
When?        10:00am Friday, 22 May 2009
Where?     Business Board Room, La Trobe University, Edwards Road, Bendigo. (Enter via car park 3. Business building is the first building on the left at the car park entry).

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Zerin Knight, Ph (03) 5444 7375 F +613 5444 7526 M 0428 463 161
E z.knight@latrobe.edu.au

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