Beca - supporting students for 25 years

On the 25th Anniversary of Beca's scholarship programme, five talented engineering students from the University of Canterbury received Beca scholarships in recognition of their outstanding potential to contribute to the future engineering profession in New Zealand.

Presented last night in Christchurch, the scholarships were awarded based on academic excellence, leadership ability, cultural and sporting achievements, and community involvement.

"We are very proud to have supported students in Canterbury for 25 years now" says Craig Price - Beca South Island Regional Manager. "Through the scholarships programme, we've celebrated the exceptional achievements of their engineering students and our relationship with the University of Canterbury."

This year, two scholarships of $3000 were awarded to students in their final professional year of the Bachelor of Engineering. They are chemical process engineering student Vanessa Lowe and electrical engineering student Jeremy Watson.

And two scholarships of $2000 were awarded to students in their second professional year. They are mechanical engineering student Harry Gibson and civil engineering student Morgan Harris.

The Phil Gillon Memorial Scholarship in honour of the University of Canterbury School of Engineering alumni, commemorates Beca's regional leadership team member, Phil Gillon, who passed away in 2013. A former graduate of the University of Canterbruy, Phil was strongly committed to the development of young engineers. Worth $5,000, the scholarship was awarded to mechanical engineering student Dominic O'Connor.

Richard Holyoake – Beca Technical Director for South Island Infrastructure says the five scholarship winners were impressive all-rounders. "Engineering requires a blend of intellectual ability, practical application and strong interpersonal skills. These students didn’t just demonstrate academic success, but also innovative thinking, promising leadership ability, and most importantly – good character and a passion for what they do."

"This year, we were impressed with the recipients' commitment to driving sustainable solutions and using their skills to make a difference to the profession and to the community. Several have been involved with voluntary work through our non-profit partner, Engineers Without Borders, such as sustainable power projects in remote countries, energy audits for student flats, and educating school students on challenges faced by the developing world."

As well as the Engineering in Society Scholarship programme at the University of Canterbury, Beca also awards a variety of prizes each year at the University of Auckland, the University of Waikato and Auckland University of Technology.