The exceptional achievements of six talented engineering students from the University of Canterbury were celebrated at Beca's annual scholarships ceremony in Christchurch last week. First established in 1990, the 'Engineering in Society' scholarships support students studying a Bachelor of Engineering and recognise outstanding potential to contribute to the future engineering profession in New Zealand.
Recipients are evaluated on their broader involvement and contribution to the University and the community, as well as academic excellence, leadership ability, and cultural and sporting achievements.
Two scholarships of $3000 were awarded to students in their final professional year – chemical and process engineering student Julia van Eeden, and electrical engineering student Jesse Stuart.
And three scholarships of $2000 were awarded to students in their second professional year – civil engineering students Ribu Dhakal, Michelle Too and Laura Goodman.
The Phil Gillon Memorial Scholarship was also awarded on the night, commemorating Beca's regional leadership team member Phil Gillon who had a strong passion for the development of young engineering graduates. Worth $5,000, it was awarded to civil engineering student Robert McCaig.
Craig Price – Beca South Island Regional Manager and a former graduate of the University of Canterbury said all six recipients demonstrated outstanding potential to make a significant contribution to the engineering profession.
"It was very apparent to me that these students are passionate about what they do. They have a real desire to contribute to society through engineering and influence the future by helping to build more resilient and self-reliant communities."
Beca has proudly supported students of Canterbury through this scholarships programmes for over 25 years. As well as the University of Canterbury scholarships, they also award annual scholarships to students at the University of Auckland, and to Ngāi Tahu whanau.