6 March 2020
Sunshine Coast Airport is proud to announce Liana Walsh as the primary recipient of the brand new Sunshine Coast Airport – Girls in STEM (Science, Generation, Engineering and Maths) Scholarship thru a partnership with the College of the Sunshine Coast (USC) price $6,000 in keeping with yr for 4 years (a complete of $24,000).
Ms Walsh has not too long ago commenced a double stage in Environmental Science and Civil Engineering and hopes to mix the 2 levels to create initiatives which can give protection to the surroundings from local weather exchange.
“I’ve all the time been enthusiastic about the surroundings,” Ms Walsh stated.
“Once I instructed my mum about getting the scholarship she cried – it’s going to be the sort of large lend a hand with paying for textbooks and gasoline for commute, and I gained’t want to paintings as a lot whilst looking to juggle full-time learn about.”
The announcement comes within the lead as much as World Girls’s Day, Sunday, March 8.
Whilst girls play key roles within the spaces of science, era, engineering and maths, the gender imbalance in STEM schooling and careers nonetheless exists.
Sunshine Coast Airport Leader Govt Officer Andrew Brodie stated the partnership with USC was once designed to deal with this factor.
“The scholarship will reinforce feminine scholars enrolled in Science Generation, Engineering and Maths techniques at USC, encouraging them to excel of their tertiary research and make vital contributions throughout those fields of their long run careers,” Mr Brodie stated.
“Gender range is particularly vital within the historically male-dominated aviation trade: at Sunshine Coast Airport girls make up greater than part of our general body of workers.
“We congratulate Liana and, as Australia’s first and simplest carbon impartial airport, we applaud her dedication and keenness for sustainability and her imaginative and prescient for the longer term.”
USC’s Head of College of Science and Engineering Professor Cathy Xmas additionally congratulated Liana on receiving the beneficiant scholarship from Sunshine Coast Airport.
“Liana’s good fortune in gaining the Girls in STEM scholarship will encourage different girls to do engineering, which is a wonderful occupation,” Professor Xmas stated.
“There’s an implausible alternative for girls in STEM these days: doorways are opening for girls, particularly in engineering, now not simply because of quotas but additionally a realisation that girls carry a distinct solution to fixing issues.
“STEM is prime to the way forward for the sector, and it’s vital that girls are correctly represented in efforts to make the sector a greater position.”