Giving Back


2020 Scholarship applications are now open

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 2020 eight $10,000 scholarships will be awarded in the following categories:

  • Geology;
  • Female Student in a Technical Discipline;
  • Resource Related Engineering Discipline;
  • Mining Engineering;
  • Environmental Sciences; and
  • Indigenous Students who wish to work in the mining sector
  • Metallurgy
  • Geotechnical Engineering

The first seven scholarships are open to university students, while the Indigenous Student Scholarship is 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.

All scholarship winners and finalists will receive a complimentary membership for 2021 to the WA Mining Club. All winners and finalists will also be invited to attend at least one WA Mining Club luncheon in 2020 as a complimentary guest of the Club


In 2020 seven scholarships will be awarded as follows:

Female Student in a Technical Discipline in the Mining Sector

Co-Sponsored by Mt Gibson Iron

Resource Related Engineering Discipline

Co-Sponsored by Mt Gibson Iron

Engineering in the Mining Sector

Co-Sponsored by Western Areas

Geotechnical Engineering in the Mining Sector

Co-Sponsored by Western Areas

Environmental Sciences

Co-Sponsored by Sandfire Resources

scholarships scholarship winner MCWA Mining Club Mining WA


Co-Sponsored by Independence Group

scholarships scholarship winner MCWA Mining Club Mining WA

Indigenous Student Scholarship

Co-Sponsored by Independence Group

Metallurgy Scholarship

Co-Sponsored by Iluka



Applications for 2020 are open and will close on 17 August at 5.00pm.

Shortlisted applicants will be notified in September and invited to attend an interview with the selection panel in late September.

The Awards ceremony will take place at a WA Mining Club luncheon in October.


Students who intend to study full time at a Western Australian University in 2021 may apply for one or all six Scholarships.

In the case of the Indigenous Student Scholarship, 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 2021 may apply for the Indigenous Scholarships.

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

  • academic and/or work record
  • personal and financial circumstances
  • potential and commitment to achieve a position of leadership in, or significant contribution to, the mining industry.

Short-listed candidates are required to attend an interview with the selection panel as described above.

Students who will be studying part time in 2021 are not eligible for a scholarship. The only part time students who are eligible are indigenous students who will be undertaking an apprenticeship in 2021 while studying at TAFE. If a scholarship winner changes from full time to part time study during 2021, they 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 the Indigenous Student Scholarship will be awarded to an indigenous student pursuing post-secondary study, either at TAFE (including apprenticeships) or at University. Consideration will also be given to students who will undertake Year 12 in 2021 who can demonstrate a strong desire to work in the mining industry after finishing secondary education 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 2021.

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 2021.

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.


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.


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 2021 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 2021 and submit 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.


Scholarship recipients will be offered a mentoring program, provided by industry participants from the Scholarship co-sponsors. Each recipient must meet with their mentor at least four times during 2021, 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.


Scholarships recipients are eligible for vacation employment, if available, from the Scholarship co-sponsor. Other work opportunities may also be available as agreed between the recipient and the co-sponsor.


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 in 2021 to enable them to network with members at luncheons and other events.


Please email scholarships@waminingclub.asn.au