Eight of the State’s brightest minds were awarded scholarships in geology, mining engineering, metallurgy and environmental science by the WA Mining Club and co-sponsors at an industry luncheon today.
Now in its 15th consecutive year, the WA Mining Club’s scholarship program aims to encourage students to continue their tertiary studies in mining related disciplines to ensure the sustainability of talent within the sector and develop the next generation of leaders.
“Considering that mining engineering and metallurgy enrolments have dropped to their lowest levels since 2000, resulting in a significantly decreased number of graduates in the coming years, we all recognise that encouraging students to take up a mining disciple at university has never been more important than it is today,” said WA Mining Club president, Kirsty Danby.
“With this in mind, the mining industry has supported us to make this year’s scholarship program the biggest since it first began, with a record $80,000 in eight scholarship categories covering technical disciplines and promising female and indigenous students up for grabs.”
The WA Mining Club offered just one scholarship in 2003. In 2016, that grew to six, and this year that number increased again to eight scholarships.
“Mining companies continue to lend their support through the years. This year we’d like to thank Independence Group, Mount Gibson Iron, Newmont Australia, Blackham Resources, Western Areas Limited, and Vimy Resources for supporting individual categories,” said Danby.
Each winner will receive a $10,000 grant. Winners will also benefit from mentoring, career support and increased visibility within the industry. Winners were selected by a panel from the scholarship co-sponsor and a representative of the WA Mining Club, which considered factors such as academic and work history, personal circumstances, financial need for a scholarship, and commitment to their chosen career.
The eight winners were chosen from almost 250 applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds and educational institutions including Curtin University, Edith Cowan University, Murdoch University, the University of Western Australia and Esperance Senior High School.
“Our goal is to ease the financial burden of obtaining a higher-level education while also giving them unparalleled access to some of the biggest names in the industry,” she said.
“We are a big believer in investing to build a generation of intelligent, strong, and confident miners who will continue to innovate and change the industry with new technology, fresh ideas and boundless energy and enthusiasm.”
Winners were presented their awards at the WA Mining Club’s August industry luncheon.
2017 WA Mining Club Scholarships Winners:
Geology (co-sponsored by Independence Group) – Jessica Morrison, University of Western Australia
Indigenous (co-sponsored by Independence Group) – Jasmine Peucker, Esperance Senior High School
Female Student in a Technical Discipline in the Mining Sector (co-sponsored by Mount Gibson Iron Limited) – Breanna Cameron, Edith Cowan University
Resource Related Engineering Discipline (co-sponsored by Mount Gibson Iron Limited) – Jake Andrijasevich, University of Western Australia
Female Student in a Technical Discipline in the Mining Sector (co-sponsored by Newmont Australia) – Victoria Arrowsmith, Western Australian School of Mines
Engineering in the Mining Sector (co-sponsored by Western Areas Limited) – Riley Puccinelli, Curtin University
Metallurgy (co-sponsored by Blackham Resources Limited) – Nirmala Ilankoon, Curtin University
Environmental Sciences in the Mining Sector (co-sponsored by Vimy Resources Limited) – Kelly Hawes, University of Western Australia