BHP Billiton TEMCO Community Foundation is committing approximately $80,000 per annum towards the development of employment skills within the Tamar Valley community, as well as university scholarships to reward excellence and innovation among elite students. A further focus of this program will be projects that benefit sustainability, employment, or quality of life within northern Tasmanian communities.
“The Community Foundation’s scholarship program will make a very real difference to the community, while providing opportunities for students,” Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor David Rich said.
“The bursaries in particular will support those who may have been made redundant, or have been forced to leave the workforce for some reason. Meanwhile the scholarships will encourage innovation with their focus on sustainability and the long-term success of northern Tasmanian communities.”
Five bursaries of $5,000 each are available to members of the Tamar Valley community who are entering University in 2011, or completing an Honours Year. Eligible students may be recent Year 12 graduates, or more mature people who are retraining to improve their employment prospects.
Students enrolling in any UTAS degree are eligible for this bursary, which also features the potential for vacation employment with TEMCO. The purpose of this scholarship is to make a difference to a student’s prospects, so it will be awarded on a need and merit basis.
Four $10,000 scholarships over two years are also being awarded for Tasmanian students in the fields of Business, Science (Chemistry, Environmental, Computer), Engineering and Information Technology and Systems.
Applications for the Engineering and Science scholarships close on Monday 31 May 2010. The Business and IT Systems scholarships are for students continuing their studies in 2012, with the majority of their course being completed at UTAS' Launceston campus.
Two $30,000 elite PhD Scholarships are also on offer to candidates with projects relevant to the communities of northern Tasmania. This research could cover topics such as energy efficiency, renewable energy generation, carbon emissions reduction, sustainable practices, engineering, electrical engineering, material science, chemistry, occupational health and safety, information technology systems, harm reduction, and community health and fitness.
For more information on the BHP Billiton TEMCO Community Foundation Scholarship Program, visit the UTAS scholarships website: http://www.studentcentre.utas.edu.au/scholarships
The new bursaries and scholarships have been organised through the Launceston Community Engagement and Development Office and the UTAS Foundation.The UTAS Foundation is the vital fundraising arm of the University and its activities help ensure UTAS remains a vibrant institution, a leader in education that produces quality graduates and research connected to the businesses and industries of Tasmania, in turn taking Tasmania to the world. In 2009 the UTAS Foundation distributed over $2.9 million to support UTAS programs.