A new scholarship has been created at the Melbourne School of Engineering to assist future engineers to embark on their dream careers, regardless of their financial circumstances.
The Jack Wynhoven Scholarship is being established as a perpetual award from a commitment of $500,000 from Dr Jack Wynhoven AM and his family. The inaugural scholarship will be awarded in 2016, to a Master of Engineering student in financial need.
Dr Wynhoven completed his Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) at the University of Melbourne in 1964 before gaining post graduate degrees, MSc and PhD, at the University of Alberta, Canada. He worked as a structural engineer in Canada and Switzerland before returning to Australia to join John Connell and Associates in 1972. From 1985 until retirement in 2001 he was either Chief Executive or Chairman. That company is now known as Aurecon.
In 1999 Dr Wynhoven was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for services to engineering and promotion and application of technological innovation. In 2001 he received a Centenary Medal for outstanding service to science and technology, particularly public science policy.
Dr Wynhoven said the University of Melbourne had played a pivotal role in his life and career.
“I believe that education is one of the major factors in making the world a better place.”
He said he hoped that others would be inspired by gifts like his, which may make them think about how they might contribute to help future generations.
“My donation is to support a scholarship that will allow the beneficiary to complete a Masters program, which without financial support they may not have been able to achieve.
“I think that many of the major problems facing the world require innovative and affordable engineering solutions. We need Australia’s clever people to help implement the solutions.”
Dr Wynhoven has previously been engaged with the school through his work with the MSE Foundation Board of Management, which he joined in 2006.
Dean of the Melbourne School of Engineering, Iven Mareels, said that through the new scholarship, the Wynhoven family would leave a lasting legacy, strongly supporting the School’s ambition to deliver a means blind entry philosophy.
“The Jack Wynhoven Scholarship will bring invaluable benefit to many students over coming generations, meaning our future industry professionals and research leaders will be able to pursue their studies without being held back by financial circumstances.”
“The Wynhoven family’s gift demonstrates tremendous vision and leadership and the Melbourne School of Engineering is very grateful for their support. We are honoured to partner with them to develop this ongoing scholarship for future engineers.”
The gift is part of Believe – the Campaign for the University of Melbourne, which aims to raise $500 million by 2017 to support the University’s teaching, research and engagement activities.