Transgrid awards engineering scholarships to CSU students

Engineering students from Charles Sturt University smiling at the announcement of their Transgrid Scholarships
Wagga CSU scholarship recipients

Seventeen students at Charles Sturt University have been awarded scholarships by Transgrid as part of the transmission network’s commitment to investing in the next generation of engineers and addressing Australia’s infrastructure skills shortage. 

Transgrid’s $2 million Engineering Scholarship Fund is supporting 100 engineering students at the university’s Bathurst campus between 2023 and 2029 to help build a bigger, skilled workforce across the industry as the clean energy transition accelerates. 

Each of the first-year engineering students have received $20,000 scholarships, with recipients hailing from NSW regional centres including Albury, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga, as well as Victoria and Queensland. 

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“Transgrid is delighted to support the next generation of engineers through their training to help address a critical skills shortage in regional Australia and grow our industry’s skilled workforce as we move into the new energy paradigm,” Transgrid executive general manager of major projects Gordon Taylor said. 

“Each scholarship recipient will receive $5,000 annually over four years to support them during their studies, allowing them to focus on achieving their full potential while at university.” 

Olivia Tait, 20, of Wagga Wagga, said the scholarship would help with the cost of her studies including travel to and from the Bathurst campus and allow her to focus on becoming a professional engineer. 

“I believe that whether you’re designing a highrise building, safety barrier improvements or installing a new power pole, all aspects of engineering contribute to positive change and make a difference in our communities,” she said. 

“I am very passionate about inspiring other regional women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.” 

Jake Barnes Philpott, 18, of Cabonne Shire, said the scholarship would help both financially and academically, assisting him to meet living and study expenses and focus more on learning. 

“Engineers are the problem solvers of the world,” he said. 

“From the buildings we live and learn in, the vehicles we drive, the devices we use, the medicines we rely upon, everything relates back to engineering. I would like to be a part of an industry that creates solutions for society.” 

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Charles Sturt Foundation Trust CEO Sarah Ansell welcomed the Transgrid scholarships. 

“This is a valuable contribution. Not only does it support the next generation of cadet engineers, but it will also go on to have a significant impact on the engineering industry, solving workforce shortages. 

“The scholarship will help us meet future demand for engineers across regional Australia.” 

Applications for the 2024 scholarship program will open mid this year.

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