Scholarship to attract engineers to region
A SCHOLARSHIP partnership between the Bundaberg Regional Council and CQUniversity’s Bundaberg Campus is aimed at addressing a predicted shortage of engineers in rural and regional Queensland.
The council is currently offering a 2016 Engineering Scholarship – Year 1 valued at $19,200.
Acting Mayor David Batt said the scholarship would provide a student with financial assistance towards the cost of study.
“The scholarship offers 12 weeks paid vacation work with Bundaberg Regional Council during the university’s 2016/17 Christmas break period,” he said.
Cr Batt said while there were certain eligibility criteria to be met, including a Bundaberg region residency requirement, the scholarship selection criteria included academic achievement, career aspirations tied to professional engineering and a focus on extracurricular achievements and activities.
Cr Batt said the recognition of Bundaberg as a university city, and the ongoing accord agreement between the council and CQU’s Bundaberg Campus, demonstrated the commitment and vision the council and the university shared in promoting educational opportunities at a regional level.
Several engineering students who have been recipients of this form of scholarship support are currently progressing through the course at the university.
“Offering this scholarship is a tangible means by which council is supporting a requirement for more skilled professionals to be available within our region and also supporting the excellent learning institution we have in our own community,” Cr Batt said.
The announcement that CQUniversity is currently building two new facilities, including one for engineering, is a further boost to students undertaking this course of study.
“I urge anyone considering a career in engineering to obtain an application kit which can be sourced from council’s website at www.bundaberg.qld.gov.au under the vacancies tab,” Cr Batt said.
Applications for next year’s scholarship close on October 26, 2015.