01 Sep 2023
Two new scholarships announced for TasWater
Giving back to the Tasmanian community, attracting local talent and addressing underrepresented voices to the water industry are the driving forces behind the expansion of TasWater’s scholarship program.
The TasWater Women in STEM Scholarship, and TasWater Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Scholarship were developed as part of the organisations’ diversity, equity and inclusion strategy.
Organisational Planning and Performance Manager Yvette Gilbert said the two new scholarships would contribute to shaping TasWater’s future workforce and the future of the water industry.
“These scholarships are aimed at addressing the underrepresentation of women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). They will not only provide financial support but also encourage students to pursue their passions and contribute their unique perspectives to the water industry,” Yvette said.
“We have had great success with our current scholarship offering in memory of Steve Balcombe and the decision to expand the program was an easy one.”
Yvette said that the two new scholarships would be offered through the University of Tasmania in a bid to attract local talent.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship is available to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students enrolled in a Bachelor or associate degree in STEM or business.
The TasWater Women in STEM Scholarship is available to women entering their third year of study in a STEM subject.
“The support for our scholarship recipients isn’t limited to financial assistance. Our recipients will be given paid work experience opportunities during university breaks and are invited to apply for our graduate program once they have competed their formal studies,” she said.
The TasWater Scholarship in memory of Steve Balcombe is worth $6,000 per annum for four years, the Women in STEM Scholarship is worth $6,000 per annum for two years, and the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Scholarship is worth $10,000 per annum for four years.
When fully subscribed, TasWater’s scholarship program will see a total of $76,000 provided to students each year, providing them with the financial support they need to pursue career pathways within Tasmania.
“Through initiatives like our scholarship program, university vacation work experience program and graduate program we hope to build the local capabilities needed to deliver TasWater’s strategic priorities now and into the future.’’
Know someone who should apply, or interested in applying for a TasWater Scholarship yourself? CLICK HERE
Meet Charlie Kingston, TasWater's current Steve Balcombe Scholar: CLICK HERE