Published on 18 September 2013
University of the Sunshine Coast student Stephen Kime of Mountain Creek is set to celebrate a memorable 21st birthday this week after having just received the keys to an exciting engineering career.
The third-year Civil Engineering student, who is majoring in Environment and Water, recently collected the inaugural $10,000 Unitywater Scholarship in Engineering.
This prized scholarship will provide Stephen with $5,000 for each of his third and fourth years of study, valuable work experience during his summer holidays and an invitation to join Unitywater’s graduate program when he completes his studies at the end of 2014.
“I really appreciate this financial support and the recognition that Unitywater has given me, and backing it up with a career opportunity,” said Stephen, who is a volunteer surf lifesaver at Mooloolaba, a USC schools ambassador and the son of renowned swim coach Barry Kime.
“I’m really looking forward to the graduate program which involves a six-monthly rotation through a number of roles, which I expect will include things like being part of a project team and working out in the field.”
Unitywater CEO George Theo presented Stephen with his scholarship at the USC Engineering Awards Presentation Ceremony in late August.
“Unitywater is working to actively foster the engineers of the future,” he said. “As an important employer and service provider in the region, we need to attract and keep high calibre young professionals by offering fulfilling career paths.
“Our graduate program places young engineers in a series of roles over their first three years of working life, giving them a range of valuable experience. Throughout the three years, Unitywater will actively support their professional development through Engineering Education Australia.”
Other students who received industry awards at the presentation ceremony were:
- Zachariah Franco – $9,000 WEIR Minerals Multiflo Scholarship;
- Jake Briggs – $5,000 Graham Tamblyn Scholarship;
- Georgia Keeshan – $5,000 GHD Scholarship;
- Matthew Johnson – $5,000 GHD Scholarship;
- Jack Findlay – $5,000 Les and Mary Hall Family Scholarship;
- Ryan Vass – $1,000 LEW Mosel Prize and $500 Engineers Australia Sunshine Coast Prize;
- Abdul Malik – $500 Friends of Engineering Prize;
- Earl Hicks – $500 Mark and Susan Bradley Engineering Prize;
- Diahnne Fong – $500 Laurie Cowled Women in Engineering Prize; and
- Timothy Burke – $200 Australian Steel Institute Prize.
The event also honoured USC students Sarah Norman, Nikeeta Roche and Leesa Partridge who earlier this year received Queensland Skills Women’s Scholarships – each worth $5,000 a year for the length of their qualification.
USC’s Development Office Director Russell Ousley congratulated the prize winners and thanked all award donors for their generous support of Engineering at the University.
— Terry Walsh