09.09.2016

Scholarship recipients well-equipped to seize the opportunities of today’s changing world

We enjoy celebrating the exceptional achievements of talented engineering students every year through our scholarships programme. This year, we awarded nine scholarships to students from the University of Auckland – in recognition of their potential to become outstanding engineers and add value to the engineering profession.

Presented on 6 September at Beca House in Auckland, the ceremony was attended by the recipients, their family and friends, as well as representatives from Beca, the University of Auckland and Rotary Club.

Five scholarships were awarded to students in their second year of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Degree:

  • Siohban Lenehan – Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Richard Hart – Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Eric Liu – Biomedical Engineering
  • Yingying Xioa – Engineering Science
  • Benjamin Fulton – Engineering Science

Three scholarships were awarded to students in their final year of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Degree:

  • Jeremy Oliver – Chemical and Materials Engineering
  • Benjamin McArthur – Engineering Science
  • Ella Matuschka – Civil and Environmental Engineering

The Beca and Rotary Club of Auckland Scholarship was awarded to a student in the final year of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) who demonstrated the most outstanding combination of academic achievement, technical ability, leadership potential, and community contributions. Civil and environmental engineering student Jonathan Wood was the 2016 recipient.

Jon Williams (Business Director, Practice Development) who awarded the scholarships on night, said that today's changing world presents exciting opportunities for young engineers. "In a world where the supply of knowledge and solutions on offer are effectively infinite, the challenge becomes how to best filter this information and provide advice to our clients on what solutions best suit their needs. To succeed, engineers will not only require a 'principles-based' understanding of their technical field, but also the ability to utilise critical thinking and apply more holistic design skills."

"The breadth of the achievements exhibited by this year's scholarship winners shows that they are well-equipped to meet these challenges and seize the opportunities. The challenge employers of the future – and one that Beca has already accepted – is to make sure we are open to learning as much from our graduates, as hopefully they are able to learn from us."

Beca has supported students through scholarships programmes for over 25 years. As well as the University of Auckland scholarships, we also award a variety of prizes each year to students at the University of Canterbury, WelTec, the University of Waikato and Ngāi Tahu whanau.