New scholarship to find the next John Bradfield

6 November 2014

Lend Lease and the University of Sydney have announced a $700,000 scholarship fund to support Sydney's next John Bradfield, designer of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Announced at the inaugural Bradfield Oration event which was delivered by the Prime Minister the Honourable Tony Abbott this evening, the scholarship fund honours the legacy of John Bradfield, the celebrated engineer and University of Sydney alumnus whose grand ideas and vision drove two of Sydney's most transformative projects - the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the city's underground railway system.

The University of Sydney and Lend Lease are working with the Daily Telegraph and the NRMA as part of the Bradfield Partnership, which seeks to discover the young men and women who will advance Sydney in future decades.

The $700,000 Lend Lease John Bradfield Scholarship Fund will support undergraduate students studying the development of cities, with a special emphasis on encouraging women to study in these fields. The scholarship could include students from the disciplines of urban development, urban planning and design, project finance, project and facilities management, and engineering at the University of Sydney.

The first scholarship will be awarded in 2015, and will be worth a minimum of $10,000 a year for the duration of a student's degree.

Lend Lease Group CEO Steve McCann said the scholarship would allow us to find and support the next generation of visionaries.

"Bradfield's achievements are an inspiration to the team at Lend Lease who themselves have contributed so much to Sydney through the years, from the Opera House and Australia Square Tower, to Barangaroo and Darling Harbour Live. The Lend Lease Bradfield Scholarship will help support Sydney's next Bradfield with a proud emphasis on encouraging young women who aspire to shape the Sydney of the future," he said.

Vice-Chancellor of the University, Dr Michael Spence, said the scholarship would help the University and its students to transform and enrich the city of Sydney.

"At the University of Sydney, we aim to produce leaders who will make lives better. With this support, Lend Lease is helping our students to extend our city's reputation as one of the greatest in the world," he said.

With every gift to the University of Sydney, donors become part of the INSPIRED Campaign, which aims to raise $600million by 2017.

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