About the Program
Every year the WA Mining Club, in conjunction with industry co-sponsors, offers a number of scholarships to encourage and foster the development of the next generation of leaders within Western Australia’s mining sector.
In 2019 nine $10,000 scholarships will be awarded in the following categories: Geology, Female Student in a Technical Discipline in the Mining Sector (two scholarships), Resource Related Engineering Discipline, Engineering in the Mining Sector, Metallurgy, Environmental Sciences in the Mining Sector and Indigenous Student Scholarships (two scholarships).
The first seven scholarships are open to university students, while the Indigenous Student Scholarships are open to high school, TAFE and university students. Eligibility criteria are explained in more detail below.
In addition to the $10,000 award, winners will participate in a mentoring program designed to help the winner start building real life experience and a network in the mining industry. Winners and some finalists may be offered vacation employment with co-sponsors as part of the program. More details are given below.
All scholarship winners and finalists will receive a complimentary membership to the WA Mining Club. All winners and finalists will also be invited to attend at least one WA Mining Club luncheon in 2019 or 2020 as a complimentary guest of the Club
SCHOLARSHIPS OFFERED IN 2019
In 2019 nine scholarships will be awarded as follows:
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN
Applications for 2019 are open and will close on 4 August at 5.00pm.
There will be no more than three finalists per Scholarship. Shortlisted applicants will be notified in early August and invited to attend an interview with the selection panel in mid August.
Finalists will be invited to a WA Mining Club Scholarship Awards lunch at the Hyatt Regency on 29 August 2019, where the winners will be announced.
The selection of each scholarship recipient is completed by a panel from the scholarship co-sponsor and a representative of the WA Mining Club. The selection panel considers the applicant’s
Short-listed candidates are required to attend an interview with the selection panel as described above.
Students who will be studying full time at a Western Australian University in 2020 may apply for all nine Scholarships (in the case of the Indigenous Student Scholarships, University applicants must also be indigenous).
TAFE and High School students who are indigenous and will be studying full time or undertaking an apprenticeship in 2020 may apply for the Indigenous Scholarships.
Students who will be studying part time in 2020 are not eligible for a scholarship. The only part time students who are eligible are indigenous students who will be undertaking an apprenticeship in 2020 while studying at TAFE. If a scholarship winner changes from full time to part time study during 2020, the will not be eligible to retain the Scholarship.
It is intended that the Scholarships for University students will be awarded to students who have completed at least their first year of tertiary study. Consideration will also be given to first year students who can demonstrate financial hardship or whose cultural, geographic or personal circumstances may affect their capacity to pursue a tertiary education.
It is intended that each Indigenous Student Scholarship will be awarded to an indigenous student pursuing post-High School study, either at TAFE (including apprenticeships) or at University. Consideration will also be given to students who will undertake Year 11 or Year 12 in 2020 who can demonstrate a strong desire to work in the mining industry after finishing High School and who have the potential to become leaders in their community.
The Scholarships will not be available to holders of a similar scholarship or bursary in 2020.
All applicants must possess a firm commitment to working within the mining industry.
Scholarships can be awarded to international students who hold a student visa and are studying in Western Australia in 2020.
FILLING OUT THE APPLICATION FORM
The application form is an online form that starts at the bottom of this page.
Applicants can apply for more than one Scholarship but can only win one Scholarship. Please ensure you address the selection criteria carefully if you want to apply for multiple Scholarships.
You can apply for each Scholarship individually using a separate application form each time (e.g. if you wish to give a different personal statement). Alternatively you can apply for multiple Scholarships on the one application form.
The WA Mining Club reserves the right to not award a Scholarship if there are no suitable applicants or applications are not of a sufficient standard.
PAYMENT OF SCHOLARSHIPS AND REPORTING
Each Scholarship winner will receive a grant of $10,000 in the form of two cash payments over 12 months (i.e. $5,000 in each half year). Awards in the second half of 2020 will be conditional upon satisfactory academic performance in the first half year. The winner must also continue to satisfy the eligibility criteria in the second half of 2020 and submit of a written report outlining the academic activities undertaken by the recipient during the previous half year.
Failure to submit the required reports may cause the Club to withhold or cancel any outstanding Scholarship payment.
Scholarships recipients will be able to take advantage of a mentoring program, provided by senior industry participants from the Scholarship co-sponsors. Each recipient must meet with their mentor at least four times during 2020, ideally in person. Winners in regional or remote locations can meet via telephone or teleconferencing. Mentors will provide advice in relation to networking, making progress in the mining industry and other topics as agreed between the recipient and the mentor.
VACATION AND OTHER WORK OPPORTUNITIES
Scholarships recipients are usually offered appropriate vacation employment by the Scholarship co-sponsors. Other work opportunities may also be available as agreed between the recipient and the co-sponsors. On occasion, finalists who do not win a Scholarship may be offered vacation work.
Apart from the financial support provided by a Scholarship, winners and finalists will have the opportunity to network with the WA Mining Club’s extensive network of mining professionals. All finalists selected by the selection panel will receive a complimentary membership to the WA Mining Club to enable them to network with members at luncheons and other events.
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The WA Mining Club Young Professionals aspires to drive diversification and innovation within the mining industry, through creation of a forum that supports development and retention of young professionals. We will establish a career-long network of individuals who are building their careers in mining.
Members of the WA Mining Club receive access to a broad range of industry speakers, who discuss technical, operational, legislative and regulatory matters, as well as sharing thoughts on the broader industry.
Our monthly luncheons are regularly attended by in excess of 300 members, all eager to listen, talk and share information about their experiences with their industry peers.
Being a member of the WA Mining Club provides the very best opportunity around to meet other industry professionals and discuss topical issues, challenges and innovations with others across the spectrum of the Western Australian mining industry.