29 February 2016

Foundation scholarships make a difference


The IPENZ Foundation offers scholarships to students at the start of their engineering studies. Former Tauranga college student Seumas Beedie, who received a Foundation/Tauranga Branch scholarship in 2014, is excelling at the University of Auckland.

Seumas, who has finished his second year of study, is specialising in mechatronics, a multidisciplinary field that includes a combination of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, telecommunications engineering, control engineering and computer engineering. Seumas says “University study has been a challenge but is extremely exciting and rewarding. I am loving all that University has to offer – the different style of learning from high school, and the social life.”

His scholarship is part of an ongoing co-funding scholarships scheme between the Foundation and our Branches. This year the Foundation is working with Tauranga, Hawke’s Bay and South Canterbury Branches to expand the scheme, which offers a regional scholarship with the aim of encouraging applications from a wider range of engineering students. If the pilot project is successful, the Trustees’ will look at working with other Branches to roll out the scheme across the country. Tauranga Branch raised half of Seumas’ $5,000 scholarship through events and donations.

The Foundation completed the assessment process for this year’s scholarships in February and will announce the successful applicants soon.