Schol­ar­ship to at­tract engi­neers to re­gion

Isis Town and Country - - News -

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.bund­ un­der the va­can­cies tab,” Cr Batt said.

Ap­pli­ca­tions for next year’s schol­ar­ship close on Oc­to­ber 26, 2015.

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