Scholarships are monetary-aid awards designed to help students pay for an undergraduate degree within the gold mining industry, easing financial pressure to let you focus on your studies.
Some may be a one-time payment, while others are renewable and provide money for students each semester or school year. Scholarships differ from student loans; in that they do not have to be repaid.
Some scholarships may also lead to vacation work within the sponsored company or exposure to real-world applications of your chosen discipline, or additional benefits such as networking opportunities.
WA Mining Club
The WA Mining Club, in conjunction with industry co-sponsors, offer several scholarships each year to encourage and foster the development of the next generation of leaders within Western Australia’s mining sector.
In 2019 nine $10,000 scholarships were awarded in the categories Geology, Female Students in a Technical Discipline in the Mining Sector, Resource Related Engineering Discipline, Engineering in the Mining Sector, Metallurgy, Environmental Science in the Mining Sector and Indigenous Student Scholarships. The first seven are open to university students, while the Indigenous Student Scholarships are open to high school, TAFE and university students.
In addition to the $10,000 award, winners participate in a mentoring program designed to help them begin building life experience and network within the industry. Winners and some finalist may also be offered vacation employment with co-sponsors as part of the program.
All scholarship winners and finalists will receive a complimentary WA Mining Club membership, and are invited to attend at least one WA Mining Club luncheon in the year as a complimentary guest.
In 2019 these scholarships were co-sponsored by Newmont Australia and IGO Limited. Read more about the WA Mining Club.
WA School of Mines Alumni
The WA School of Mines Graduates’ Association Scholarship & Bursary Fund Incorporated is dedicated to the welfare of all WASM Students attending both Kalgoorlie and Bentley campuses at Curtin University.
The WASMGASBF Inc. has been developed in conjunction with Curtin University to assist and encourage students who have demonstrated a passion for the mining industry, represent the values and will enhance the WA School of Mines’ reputation.
Four different scholarship types are awarded to students who meet the appropriate criteria, which include industry alignment, academic excellence, leadership and regional status.
Netball Scholarship through UWA
As part of the ongoing partnership between Netball WA and Principal Partner the Gold Industry Group, the Netball WA Sports Excellence Scholarship in Netball has been made applicable through the University of Western Australia.
The scholarship is designed to assist and encourage high-performing student atheletes in the sport of netball, with an interest in a career in the mining industry, to commence and pursue an undergraduate qualification at the University and realise their dual career focus.
Newcrest Mining’s Cadia Valley operations in New South Wales offer $9,000 Indigenous Scholarships to secondary school students living in the areas of Orange, Cabonne or Blayney who are looking to complete full time study in a three or four-year undergraduate degree.
Newmont Australia’s two $24,000 Indigenous Scholarships through the Charles Darwin University is designed to provide financial support and industry experience to Indigenous students considering a career in the mining industry, and will see successful applicants undertake up to 12 weeks of work placement at Newmont’s Tanami operations during their semester break, typically between December and February, in their final year.
As part of the selection criteria, applicants will need to demonstrate a commitment to the Northern Territory and intention to use their skills in a mining profession.
Minerals Council of Australia
Talented women in Australia’s gold mining industry are invited to take the next step in their careers by applying for one or two Exceptional Women in Australian Mining Scholarships offered by the Minerals Council of Australia.
The two $12,000 scholarships will fund completion of the Company Directors Course at the Australian Institute of Company Directors on the roles and duties of board directors, including topics on effective decision making, the legal aspects of directorship, financial literacy and strategy and practical applications.