Published on 5 March 2013
Gympie State High School graduate Jack Findlay has started a degree in Civil Engineering a step ahead of the rest after receiving a $5,000 industry-sponsored scholarship from the University of the Sunshine Coast.
The former Dagun resident was awarded the Les and Mary Hall Family Scholarship in Engineering, which is presented each year by Sunshine Coast-based civil engineering firm Hall Contracting Pty Ltd.
Jack was one of four students from Gympie to receive scholarships at the University’s annual Undergraduate Scholarships Presentation Ceremony in mid-February.
The 17-year-old said he was thrilled to have been selected as the sole recipient of this annual award.
“I feel very lucky to receive it and I definitely think it gives me an added edge as a first-year student by getting to know experts in the field,” he said.
“The funds from the scholarship are obviously a great help for ongoing study costs but the biggest benefit will be the number of industry contacts and connections I have made through Hall Contracting.”
Jack, who plans to major in Environment and Water engineering, said the scholarship was not the only reason he had decided to study at USC.
“I chose to go to the University of the Sunshine Coast because it has such a relaxed and friendly vibe,” he said. “I don’t feel like a stranger on campus like you do at most city universities.
“Everyone is so friendly and approachable, especially the lecturers and tutors, which makes a big difference.”
Three other Gympie students were awarded scholarships at the USC awards ceremony in February, each gaining $6,000 Vice-Chancellor’s Merit Scholarships.
They were: Meagan Wesener (Gympie State High School) who is studying Paramedic Science; Amy Sheaffe (James Nash State High School) who is studying Arts; and Lauren Kaloczy (James Nash State High School) who is studying Property Economics and Development.
- Jessica Halls