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University unites with Leighton Contractors on Indigenous scholarship


8 March 2013

(L-R) Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services) Professor Shane Houston, John Hesketh from Leightons Contractors, and Professor Archie Johnston.
(L-R) Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services) Professor Shane Houston, John Hesketh from Leightons Contractors, and Professor Archie Johnston.

The University of Sydney and Leighton Contractors have joined forces to provide a new scholarship opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students studying an undergraduate degree within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.

The Leighton Contractors' Undergraduate Scholarship in Engineering will be awarded annually to a young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student who has a solid academic record but is from a disadvantaged background. The scholarship will enable the student to pursue their studies in either of the disciplines of civil, electrical or mechanical engineering.

Dean of Engineering Professor Archie Johnson said the new scholarship would help support the university's objectives of finding additional methods of engaging Indigenous communities and mentoring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

"We are committed to supporting talented young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people. We know that higher education and education in general, can be a transformational experience. Education gives young students the opportunity to maximise their capabilities."

"We are extremely pleased to be able to assist Leighton Contractors with this great initiative," Professor Johnston said.

Michael Bushby, Executive General Manager of Services Division, Leighton Contractors, said Leighton Contractors had an organisation-wide focus on strong leadership in championing and advocating for Indigenous people and communities.

"At Leighton Contractors we believe we have both a responsibility and opportunity to contribute to the growth and advancement of Indigenous people and communities," Mr Bushby said.

"We do this by improving the representation, participation and retention of Indigenous people in our own workforce, developing inspiring Indigenous leaders within our workforce and building the capacity of Indigenous business through partnerships.

"Our partnership with the University of Sydney will not only provide financial support but importantly mentoring and leadership development, valuable work experience, and the training needed to further develop the students' skills."

The scholarship consists of an annual $10,000 payment based on full-time enrolment. It will assist with costs associated with studying and will also include the opportunity for work experience relevant to their degree, as part of Leighton Contractors' Cadetship Program, and access to Leighton Contractors' mentoring and leadership development programs.


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