Northrop Grumman, ViaSat, and Optus have awarded two $31,500 scholarships to rural Australian students to study at the Australian National University’s Burgmann College.
Ian Irving, chief executive of Northrop Grumman Australia, awarded scholarships to Eliza Cowley from Queensland and Aiden Matson from Western Australia. Each student will receive $10,500 per year for three years to pursue degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at the Australian National University and assistance with accommodation expenses.
Cowley hopes to pursue a degree in medicine, while Matson is seeking to study engineering with honours.
“I’m very proud to present Eliza and Aiden with the Northrop Grumman, ViaSat and Optus Country Scholarship for Burgmann College. Northrop Grumman believes that investing in higher education is investing in a more knowledgeable and capable future workforce for Australia. We are thrilled to continue this valuable program, and look forward to supporting the next generation of STEM professionals,” Irving said.
“Supporting students who are under-represented in STEM disciplines, particularly young women from regional and rural areas, is an important step towards improving diversity and ultimately benefiting society as a whole – and it’s what makes this scholarship so important,” Professor Mike Calford, provost at the Australian National University, said. “Scholarships such as this are integral to ensuring the next generation of scientists, mathematicians and engineers have every opportunity to reach their potential.”