Former Townsville Grammar School Student Andrea Dale has 40,000 more reasons to be an engineer on top of her desire to play a part in major Queensland resources projects.
Andrea has been awarded one of only two Queensland Resources Council (QRC)/Queensland University of Technology (QUT) scholarships worth up to $40,000.
The scholarships, which were awarded by QRC Chief Executive Michael Roche at QUT’s Engineering Faculty Student Awards Ceremony are aimed at encouraging and supporting talented students to engage in careers in engineering.
Principally based on academic merit, the scholarships are awarded to students who have completed their secondary studies with outstanding academic results.
Andrea will join a talented group of 13 previous QRC scholarship winners from across Queensland who act as QRC scholarship student ambassadors for the resources sector.
“The QRC is proud to assist such high-quality students at the starting point of their careers in the resources sector, which has so much to offer young people,” Michael Roche said.
“The students themselves tell us that the scholarships offer so much more than just money.
“They bring with them opportunities to create lasting relationships with people in resources sector companies and build a profile within the sector from their very first year at university.”
Andrea, who is embarking on a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Construction) believes that more women are needed in the resources sector.
“I want to be a part of the changing face of the minerals and energy sectors,” she said.
“When I graduate I would like to work in the mines creating infrastructure for the heavy machinery and secondly in regional centres and cities with the infrastructure needed for the production of energy and goods for human consumption.
“I would like to be able to look back and think that I had a part to play in a big project, and know that it makes a positive impact everyday to many people.”