Giving Back


About the Program

The WA Mining Club, in conjunction with industry co-sponsors, offer annually a number of scholarships to encourage and foster the development of the next generation of leaders within West Australia’s mining sector. 

This year, nine $10,000 scholarships will be awarded in the following categories: Geology, Female Student in a Technical Discipline in the Mining Sector (2 scholarships), Resource Related Engineering Discipline, Engineering in the Mining Sector, Metallurgy, Environmental Sciences in the Mining Sector and Indigenous. The first seven are open to University students, while the Indigenous scholarship are open to High School, TAFE and University indigenous students.


The 2018 Scholarship Categories are

Geology Co-sponsored by Independence Group
Indigenous Co-sponsored by Independence Group
Female Student in a Technical Discipline in the Mining Sector Co-sponsored by Mount Gibson Iron Limited
Resource Related Engineering Discipline Co-sponsored by Mount Gibson Iron Limited
Female Student in a Technical Discipline in the Mining Sector Co-sponsored by Newmont Australia
Engineering in the Mining Sector Co-sponsored by Western Areas Limited
Metallurgy Co-sponsored by Pilbara Minerals
Environmental Sciences in the Mining Sector Co-sponsored by Sandfire Resources
Indigenous Co-sponsored by BGC Contracting


Applications for 2018 will open on 13 May 2018 and will close on 30 June 2018.

Shortlisted applicants will be notified in early July and invited to attend an interview with the selection panel.

Finalists will be invited to a Scholarship Awards lunch in August, where the winners will be announced.


The selection of each scholarship recipient is completed by a panel from the scholarship co-sponsor and a representative of the WA Mining Club. The selection process considers the applicant’s academic and/or work record, personal circumstances, financial need for a scholarship, commitment to his/her chosen career and potential to achieve a position of leadership in, or significant contribution to, the mining industry. Short-listed candidates are required to attend an interview with the selection panel, and are expected to provide names of referees.

Applicants must be studying at a Western Australian University, or in the case of the indigenous scholarship, at a Western Australian High School, TAFE or University, to be eligible to apply for a scholarship.

The scholarships (other than the Indigenous scholarship) are open to any University student who possesses a firm commitment to working at a professional level in a technical discipline within the mining industry. It is intended that the scholarships for University students will be awarded to students who have completed their first year but are not in their final year of tertiary study. Consideration will also be given to first or final year students who can demonstrate financial hardship or whose socio-economic, cultural, geographic or personal circumstances may affect their capacity to pursue a tertiary education.

It is intended that the Indigenous scholarship will be awarded to an indigenous student pursuing post-secondary school study, either at TAFE or University. Consideration will also be given to students who will undertake Year 12 in 2018 who can demonstrate a strong desire to work in the mining industry after finishing High School and who have the potential to become leaders in their community.

For all scholarships the applicant’s academic and/or work record, personal circumstances and financial need for a scholarship are considered.

The scholarships will not be available to holders of a similar scholarship or bursary in 2019.

Applicants can apply for more than one scholarship. Please ensure you address the selection criteria carefully if you are choosing multiple scholarships.  You can apply for each scholarship individually if you wish to change the application (for example your personal statement).

The WA Mining Club reserves the right to not award a scholarship if there are no suitable applicants or applications are not of a sufficient standard.


Each scholarship winner will receive a grant of $10,000 in the form of two cash payments over 12 months (i.e. $5,000 in each semester). Awards in the second semester will be conditional upon satisfactory academic performance in the first semester, continued enrolment in a mining related undergraduate program and submission of a written report outlining the academic activities undertaken by the recipient during the previous semester.

Failure to submit either of the above may cause the Club to withhold or cancel any outstanding payment.


Scholarships recipients will be able to take advantage of a mentoring program, provided by senior industry participants from the scholarship co-sponsors. Each recipient must meet with their mentor at least four times during 2019. Mentors will provide advice in relation to networking, making progress in the mining industry and other topics as agreed between the recipient and the mentor.


Scholarships recipients are usually offered appropriate vacation employment by the scholarship co-sponsors. Other work opportunities may also be available as agreed between the recipient and the co-sponsors.


Apart from the financial support provided by a scholarship, winners will have the opportunity to network with the WA Mining Club’s extensive network of mining professionals. All finalists selected by the selection panel will receive a complimentary membership to the WA Mining Club to enable them to network with members at luncheons and other events.

All 2019 winners and finalists will be invited to attend at least one WA Mining lunch in 2019 as a complimentary guest of the Club.


Application forms will go on line in May 2018