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Curtin student awarded $50,000 MARCSTA scholarship

Media release


A Curtin University Bachelor of Science (Health, Safety and Environment) student has been awarded the 2011 Jim Torlach Scholarship worth $50,000.

Bosko Jovanovic, 25, from Tuart Hill, a first-year student majoring in health and safety, will have the cost of his three-year degree covered by the scholarship.

The Jim Torlach Scholarship, established by the Mining and Resources Training Association (MARCSTA), also offers the successful awardees with rare practical employment opportunities in the mining industry. It is named in memory of James (Jim) Milne Torlach (1938-2006), who made an outstanding contribution to the improvement of safety and health in the mining industry in Western Australia.

Bosko said that his interest in health and safety was inspired when he was working and suffered a deep cut to his left hand almost losing his left thumb.

“The scary incident opened my eyes and made me realise how important it is to have effective health and safety procedures in the workplace,” he said.

“I decided to specialise in this area so that I can help others learn about the importance of health and safety.

“I feel so fortunate to have received this amazing scholarship, as now I don’t have to worry about financial issues and can concentrate fully on my studies. I can’t thank MARCSTA enough.”

The scholarship uniquely provides recipients with the chance to meet a number of influential people in the occupational health and safety business who are experts in their field. Many scholarship winners are offered employment by leading companies before they even graduate.

For more information about the Jim Torlach Scholarship visit

Notes to editors:

James Milne Torlach (1938 – 2006) was responsible for the complete overhaul and modernisation of mine safety legislation culminating in the passage of the Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994.


Teresa Belcher, Public Relations, Curtin University
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Andrea Jones, Marketing and Communications Manager, Faculty of Health Sciences
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