ARISE awards two a $10,000 scholarships to engineering students.
Two outstanding high school graduates have been awarded $10,000 (about $7,000) scholarships to assist them pursue their aspirations of becoming engineers.
The inaugural ARISE Scholarships, sponsored by BHP and BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) and offered by Australian Resources Industry Skills and Education (ARISE), are intended at alleviating a lack of engineers in the resources sector by drawing outstanding students to the profession.
The ARISE initiative was created to expand the geographic reach of QMEA, an industry-led education and skills training initiative that operates in all Australian states and territory.
Vardy is pursuing a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) at Queensland University of Technology, while Hall is pursuing a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and a Master of Engineering (Civil/Mining) at the University of Queensland (UQ).
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Vardy will get a scholarship to help with the costs of transferring from Gladstone to Brisbane to study at QUT, as well as the opportunity to pursue work placement options in the business. She was a dedicated leader who served as vice-captain of her school in 2021. She loved math and science but had only recently developed an interest in engineering.
Hall chose mining engineering because of the variety of careers available and the emphasis on operations. His experience with QMEA influenced his degree choice, both as a Year 10 member in its STEM Unearthed program and as a QMEA Ambassador during his senior year.
These opportunities allowed Hall to “recognize that mining engineering has substantially more depth than I previously anticipated,” he said.
By reducing the amount of hours he needs to work each week and allowing him to maximize participation with internships and industrial opportunities, the scholarship monies will afford him more freedom and flexibility in his studies.
Engineering degrees, according to BMA’s Head of Human Resources Tamara Barden, are critical as mining faces new difficulties.
“We are happy to invest in both Samantha and Henry’s educational potential since they represent the future of the resources sector,” Barden added.
Secondary school students are encouraged to pursue STEM-related employment in the resources sector, with a focus on female and Indigenous participation. The program, which is made possible by foundation partners BHP and BMA, allows students and teachers to learn about the resources industry through on-site and in-school activities, flagship camps, and scholarships, is made possible by the help of foundation partners BHP and BMA.
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