Local Graduate Wins Scholarship

Local Graduate Wins Scholarship

Samantha Vardy, a recent graduate of Tannum Sands State High School, has recently started studying a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) at QUT.

The Australian Resources Industry Skills and Education (ARISE) funds two scholarships a year, both $10,000 each. This year, the winners are a Kelvin Grove Student, and Samantha Vardy, Tannum Sands State High School’s recent graduate. Samantha only recently developed an interest in engineering, and this scholarship will have a huge influence on her studies this year.

“I was committed to further study at university but had not yet found my passion,” said Samantha.

“After completing a week of work experience in Gladstone, where I worked alongside a team of engineers, I could see that engineering was the right path for me.”

Samantha, who was a school vice-captain in 2021, said that this scholarship will help her with the costs of moving to Brisbane this year, and allow her the freedom to undertake work placement opportunities within the industry.

The ARISE Initiative was put in place to help broaden the geographic reach of the industry-led education and skills training initiative Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) in states and territories across Australia.