Before the WA Mining Club celebrated another year of successful scholarship applications we checked in with last year’s WA Mining Club Scholarship recipients to see how they were progressing on their paths to becoming mining professionals.
In a recent interview with these students we discovered just how vital the scholarship program is to ensuring students achieve their goals.
Miguel Bachiller, winner of the 2013 Mining Engineering Scholarship said the scholarship had eased financial pressures and had allowed him to focus on his studies.
“Essentially I have been able to cover a substantial portion of my living expenses with the scholarship fund, and have not had to work tireless hours part-time as I did previously,” he said.
“This has allowed me to focus fully on achieving high results from my degree and I am currently well on my way to attaining an Honours grade.”
He said the scholarship had given him a wealth of opportunities to network within the resource sector.
“Having been invited to numerous luncheons and events, the simple knowledge gained from such varying industry experts has been invaluable, and has further instilled my passion for the industry, along with my career goals”.
“I would strongly recommend any and all students to apply for this significantly rewarding scholarship, or simply even come down to the clubs events to network and have a chat to some very influential and experienced individuals in mining.” Fellow 2013 scholarship winner, Andrew Mortimer, agreed.
“All members of the WA Mining Club have provided support, advice and experience in my journey, and I’d like to offer my sincere thanks,” he said.
Andrew, a mature age student and last years’ winner of the WA Mining Club Environmental Engineering scholarship developed his passion for ecology, biodiversity and environmental issues while travelling through South America and the Amazon.
“As a mature age student, paying rent and bills are my first priority,” he said.
“Thanks to the WA Mining Club, this scholarship has enabled me to cut my working hours down and focus on university, as well as giving me time to enjoy with my family.”
Andrew aspires to work within the mining industry in an environmentally responsible role.
Developing the future generations of mining professionals is important to the WA Mining Club. Offering assistance through the scholarship program is one way that the club ensures that this happens. Applications for the 2014 scholarship program are now closed, with winners to be announced at the scholarship program dinner on Tuesday 26th August 2014. If you would like to attend the event, please visit the WA Mining Club website.