In 2007, we started a scholarship to Curtin University's Department of Spatial Sciences, for the student enrolling in the spatial sciences with the highest TER score. In addition to the $3,500 cash component, we are also providing the student with opportunities for mentoring, for paid work and for assistance with projects for their university studies.
A few people have asked why, as a small business, we are providing a scholarship at all. We feel that there is a lack of people graduating with spatial science qualifications, meaning our industry faces tough times, despite the resources boom. A scholarship helps to attract students in, meaning that there might be a few more people to employ one day down the track. This longer-term view is something we think we should be thinking about, and fits in with our company values.
A listing of the recipients of the scholarship are provided below.
The inaugural Gaia Resources scholarship was presented by Piers Higgs to Charlotte Plug at the orientation lecture for first-year students.
Charlotte finished studying a double degree in Economics and Spatial Sciences in 2010, and has also been a recipient of a Curtin Academic Merit Scholarship.
The presentation was made on the 20th February 2007.
The second Gaia Resources scholarship was presented to Benjamin Zeeb by Piers Higgs at the orientation lecture for first-year students.
Benjamin is studying a the Geographic Information Science degree, and is also a recipient of a Curtin Academic Merit Scholarship.
The presentation was made on the 19th February, 2008.
The third Gaia Resources scholarship was presented by Piers Higgs to Matthew Aravidis on the 17th February, 2009. This year, for the first time, it was one of three entrance scholarships presented at the orientation lecture.
Matthew is studying a double degree in Geographic Information Science and Geology.
The fourth Gaia Resources scholarship was presented by Piers Higgs to Sean Gilmore on the 23rd February, 2010.
Sean is studying a degree in Geographic Information Science.
The fifth Gaia Resources scholarship was presented by Andrew Dennison to Rebekah Daley on the 11th May, 2011.
Rebekah is studying a degree in Geographic Information Science.