Three high-achieving Western Australian undergraduate students have been awarded prestigious new BHP Scholarships to support them in their studies at Curtin University.
The BHP Excellence Scholarship, BHP Indigenous Excellence Scholarship and BHP Women in Engineering Excellence Scholarship were officially presented overnight to three outstanding new Curtin students, Joshua Boon from Melville (Perth Modern School), Ellen Timmins from Esperance (Esperance Anglican Community School) and Emma Keays from Leeming (Leeming Senior High School) who will study Actuarial Science, Psychology and Engineering (Honours) respectively.
Curtin University Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry said the new scholarships build on Curtin’s long-standing and successful relationship with industry leader, BHP, and aim to provide deserving new students with a head start in their chosen careers.
“These three new scholarships are a wonderful commitment by BHP and we are proud to be partnering with a company that is passionate about advancing education and research, particularly for the Australian resources sector,” Professor Terry said.
“These new opportunities cement our long-standing relationship with industry leader BHP, which has been a strong supporter of Curtin students for many years, funding scholarship programs with the University since 2005.
“Over that time, 164 Curtin University undergraduates have been supported by BHP scholarships, giving them an excellent start to forging successful careers primarily in the mining and engineering sectors.”
Kate Osborn, General Manager Engineering Western Australia Iron Ore said BHP was committed to supporting the next generation of leaders in Western Australia.
“BHP is very proud to have a long history of supporting the high quality of students here at Curtin. We believe, by investing in education we support the development of great future leaders with the skills and talent to secure the ongoing economic future of our state and country” said Kate.
WA Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery congratulated BHP and Curtin on the new scholarships which focus on science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) studies.
“Building our STEM capacity is in the long-term interest of students, the workforce and employers,” Ms Ellery said.
“These scholarships will provide the deserving recipients with the ability to further their interests in fields that represent many of the problem-solving jobs of the future.”
The scholarships provide $10,000 per student per year for the duration of their course.