$20,000 engineering scholarship up for grabs

13 November 2017

Engineering scholarship

Wannon Water General Manager Service Delivery Ian Bail with previous winners of the engineering scholarship, from left, Jess Quinlivan, Grace Davey and Tamara Bull.

Wannon Water is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its engineering scholarship program, offering up to $20,000 to a student studying in 2018.

Managing Director Andrew Jeffers said the scholarship was just one way Wannon Water was achieving its vision of going “beyond water for strong communities”.

“As a regional urban water corporation, we are proud of our strong business foundations, providing secure, safe and affordable water and sewerage services that are highly valued by our customers,” Mr Jeffers said.

“However, we also see that we have a responsibility to contribute to the wellbeing and prosperity of our region as a whole. Ensuring young people have access to high levels of educational attainment is essential to delivering a skilled workforce and boosting regional prosperity.

“This is not only in our region’s interest, but also in Wannon Water’s interest.”

“Our civil engineering scholarship, which first began in 2008, has been highly successful in supporting local students through their studies and kick-starting their career with hands-on experience,” Mr Jeffers said.

The program provides the winning student with a scholarship of $5,000 awarded annually towards the cost of university fees and study expenses, up to a maximum of $20,000. The successful applicant also gains paid work experience at the end of second and third years and guaranteed post-graduate employment at Wannon Water.

Mr Jeffers said the water industry provides an abundance of opportunities for engineers, including planning, design, contract management, project construction, operations and environmental experience. 

Wannon Water constructs, operates and maintains a diverse range of assets and the scholarship winners have the opportunity to see this work first hand. Projects include water and sewerage mains, reservoirs and storages, treatment plants, pump stations and recycled water systems.

Applications close on Friday 15 December 2017.