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Inaugural Len Stevens Scholarship soon to be awarded

The Melbourne School of Engineering is soon to offer a brand new scholarship for talented local and international graduate Engineering and IT students.

The first round of the new Len Stevens Scholarships will open for applications soon, with the inaugural scholarship recipient to be offered the opportunity of a lifetime later this year.

The successful graduate coursework or research student will be granted $15,000 to cover the cost of an extra-curricular program or opportunity of their choosing, either locally or internationally, thanks to the generosity of donors to the Melbourne School of Engineering Foundation.

The Len Stevens Scholarship Appeal was launched in 2011, in celebration of 150 years of engineering education at Melbourne.  The scholarships have been named in honour of Former Dean of Engineering, Emeritus Professor Len Stevens AM. Professor Stevens has long been a champion of the provision of scholarship opportunities to students, through his establishment of the Melbourne University Engineering Foundation (now the MSE Foundation) in 1982.

Professor Stevens was himself the recipient of financial support during his studies; support he has said changed his life, enabling him to complete his undergraduate studies in Civil Engineering in 1950.

In addition to their existing contribution to the Len Stevens Scholarship Appeal, the Foundation is generously providing additional funds to enable the School to award the Len Stevens Scholarship while the appeal is still in progress. To date the appeal has raised $304, 811. However, the School needs the continued support of alumni and friends to reach the goal of $500,000 over 3 years in order for the Len Stevens Scholarship to continue in perpetuity.

Scholarship applicants will be asked to propose a program of extracurricular learning (locally or globally), along with a budget for the program and a personal statement outlining their aspirations as an engineer and how the experience would benefit them.

Professor Stevens said that he was looking forward to the announcement of the inaugural scholarship recipient.

He said that there were no restrictions on the type of project that potential applicants might want to propose as part of their application.

“We want to find an exciting project that will relate to the community. We are going to look for something that will be of benefit to the candidate; something that they would not be able to achieve without the scholarship.”

Professor Stevens said the project should also be something that fits well with the research priorities of the school.

He said the scholarship opportunities would be of enormous benefit to talented students who had shown the desire to enrich their learning.

“For instance it could put them into contact with researchers or state of the art equipment both here and abroad that they may not have normally had the opportunity to work with.”

Professor Stevens said that in order that the scholarships could continue into the future, the School was hoping to encourage potential donors as well as  contributions from those who have already offered their generosity to the Appeal.

“We are calling out to friends of the school to help us establish these scholarships, which will make a significant difference to the lives of recipients, and recognise those talented students who are seeking to extend themselves.”

The School is grateful to those alumni and friends of the School who have contributed to the already significant progress towards the Appeal goal. We appreciate the continued support of our community of donors and hope that others will be inspired to join us and ensure we can offer the Len Stevens Scholarship on an ongoing basis.

For further information about the Len Stevens Scholarship Appeal, or to donate to the Appeal, visit: http://www.eng.unimelb.edu.au/alumni/donors-giving/

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