Faculty's Annual Scholarship Ceremony

Emily Pha, Helen Zuo, Lily Ho, Monica Nguyen, Tunisha Nawar and Sanduni De Mel with teacher Dr Mirela Magyar from The Mac Robertson Girls' High School and Deputy Dean of Engineering, Professor George Simon
Emily Pha, Helen Zuo, Lily Ho, Monica Nguyen, Tunisha Nawar and Sanduni De Mel with teacher Dr Mirela Magyar from The Mac Robertson Girls' High School and Deputy Dean of Engineering, Professor George Simon

The Faculty of Engineering recently welcomed 100 outstanding first  year students, their families, and representatives from their high schools to the Faculty’s annual Scholarship Ceremony.

Over 300 guests were present at the event, where the Deputy Dean of Engineering, Professor George Simon, presented a gift to each scholarship recipient in recognition of the their achievements. The recipients attained exceptional ATAR scores in 2015, and have now commenced an Engineering degree at Monash  University.

Guest-speaker and Environmental Engineering student Hillary Wu provided an inspiring insight into her academic life at Monash University.

Ms Wu suggested to the first year students that they should draft a personal four year plan with their goals in mind, and to fully utilise the opportunities available to them.

Being an international student hasn’t been a barrier to Hillary’s success. Ms Wu said she participated actively in various social groups to increase her networking opportunities. Her efforts paid off when she was elected President of Female Engineers at Monash University , and eventually appointed campus coordinator of Engineers Australia.

She also worked as an environmental engineer at a fishing village in the Philippines, overseeing a clean water supply project as part of the Monash Industry Team Initiative program.

“Statistics show that once you have made goals for yourself, you will have a clearer idea of what to follow, and therefore you have a much higher chance of success in the future. As a university student, you need to be curious all the time and take up all the opportunities available to you because  you  will  never know where these opportunities are going to take you to,” she emphasised.

She added, “Keep yourself open and cherish every opportunity presented to you. And just take it. You will never learn if you don’t make mistakes. You will never gain confidence if you don’t experience any awkward moments.”