Published on 17 February 2012
A Bribie Island State High School graduate has received a boost of confidence after gaining a $5,000 University of the Sunshine Coast scholarship.
Ryan Vass, 18, was awarded the Les and Mary Hall Family Scholarship in Engineering at USC’s Undergraduate Scholarships Presentation Ceremony this week (13 February).
Ryan, who graduated with an OP5 and will study Civil Engineering at USC, said he was honoured to have received the prestigious scholarship.
He said it had provided him with recognition for his hard work at high school and encouragement for his future studies and career.
“Engineering is something that I have always been interested in and the scholarship has really given me the confidence to move forward in this area,” he said.
The scholarship was presented by Cameron Hall of Hall Contracting who said the award was designed to encourage more people to study engineering.
“We’re a local engineering company and we’ve been around for 65 years and we wanted to give something back,” he said.
“This scholarship in particular is pretty close to our hearts because it affects people personally rather than just a general donation.”
USC Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill said the University awarded scholarships, bursaries and prizes each year to reward academic excellence and to support students financially during their studies.
“Research has found that USC students work approximately 20 hours a week compared to the national average of about 14 hours,” he said.
“These scholarships are crucial in helping strike a balance between study and work. The University is very grateful to our donors for supporting our students as they pursue their educational goals and future careers.”
— Michelle Widdicombe