Top engineering students at The University of Western Australia will again have the opportunity to apply for scholarships through the distinguished Clough Scholars program, which has been revived.
The program was established in 1969 and is the brainchild of former Clough chairman and managing director Dr Harold Clough and has awarded more than 200 scholarships to WA’s brightest engineering students. Past recipients include top government, business and resource industry leaders.
The program has been reinvigorated after an eight-year sabbatical and reaffirms the longstanding relationship between Clough and UWA’s Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics.
Clough will award four scholarships each year to top students in the first and final year of their Masters of Professional Engineering degree.
Winthrop Professor John Dell, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics, said it offered students an unparalleled opportunity to receive financial support.
“Students can also choose to start their professional career with an internationally renowned global engineering firm,” Professor Dell said.
Clough CEO and Managing Director Kevin Gallagher said the first scholarships would be awarded at the end of this year, and would follow the principles introduced by Dr Clough in 1969.
“Clough Scholars will be guaranteed summer internship and graduate positions at Clough, though they will not be obligated to take them,” Mr Gallagher said.
“While some Clough Scholars are our longest-serving employees, others have gone on to hold influential positions in business, industry and government. We are very pleased to be working closely with a great institution like UWA to further strengthen the Clough brand reputation for high-quality engineering.”
UWA Acting Vice-Chancellor Bill Louden said the program had contributed significantly to the University’s success.
“Dr Clough was instrumental in creating one of the first successful university-industry partnerships and this laid the foundations for many other successful ongoing UWA-industry partnerships,” Professor Louden said.
“Earlier this year we celebrated the opening of the Clough Engineering Student Centre, a modern facility for team-based learning and private study in a professional and contemporary environment.
“For our students, the involvement of leading organisations that have lent their support to UWA leads to improved educational outcomes, industrial relevance and student excitement about the course.”
Scholars who join Clough will be part of an advanced training program, which includes leadership training and executive mentoring.
Shannon Hooper (UWA Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics) (+61 8) 6488 3992
Kristy McGrath (Clough Limited) (+61 8) 9281 9344
Michael Sinclair-Jones(UWA Public Affairs) (+61 8) 6488 3229 / (+61 4) 00 700 783