Published on 4 September 2012
International engineering consulting firm GHD is taking a long-term view to providing scholarships for high-achieving Civil Engineering students at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
The company, which has its Sunshine Coast base at Birtinya, first funded two $5,000 scholarships at USC last year and has done so again this year.
GHD’s Sunshine Coast Regional Manager Bruce Johnson recently presented the 2012 GHD Scholarships to final-year students Amy Turco of Mooloolaba and Drew Bignell of Buddina.
He said he was pleased to be helping students fulfil their study aspirations in a way that also put his company in direct contact with them before they graduated.
Mr Johnson said there were clear benefits for his company in hiring locally-grown staff.
“In the past five years, our local GHD office has employed eight graduates from USC,” he said. “They are mainly in engineering and environmental disciplines, and have boosted our local staffing levels to above 70.
“From a regional point of view, we find we get better value if our graduate employees are local and have knowledge of local issues. We know we are selecting good quality graduates from USC for our work.”
Both of the 2012 scholarship recipients thanked GHD for its support and expressed interest in working for the company.
“I would love to work with the local company which looks after some very exciting projects,” Amy said. “The scholarship was a really lovely, generous offer which allowed me to cut back on my hours at work and concentrate on my studies.”
Drew Bignell said the scholarship had provided him with two key benefits.
“The scholarship has been immensely helpful not just financially but also by allowing me to meet some of the management team at GHD,” he said. “GHD has a large presence on the Sunshine Coast and its support of the USC engineering degree has been invaluable.”
— Michelle Widdicombe