Investing in Australian STEM education
Raytheon Australia offers scholarships for future aerospace pros
The Australian Government regards science, technology, engineering, and maths education to be critically important for the country’s current and future success.
Raytheon Australia is helping to support this vision by investing in the next generation of scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians through creating pathways and removing barriers to fulfilling STEM careers.
As part of an ongoing investment in STEM pathways for young Australians, Raytheon Australia has announced it will support the Australian Youth Aerospace Association to deliver a series of scholarships to deserving students across the nation.
Raytheon Australia and the AYAA will be providing 20 scholarships in two categories – the Australian Youth Aerospace Leader category, for students currently studying at an Australian high school in Years 10 to 12, and the Australian Youth Aerospace Scholar category, for undergraduate students in their first year of an engineering degree at any Australian university.
The scholarships will be available to all Australian students with a keen interest in the aerospace industry.
“Providing young Australians with opportunities to benefit their studies and aid in their professional development is an important goal of the AYAA, so we are grateful for Raytheon Australia’s support of our mission and for collaborating with us for these scholarships,” said Oliver Paxton, AYAA president.
“The support provided by Raytheon Australia will allow us to dedicate these scholarships for students all around Australia who show exceptional passion, and we hope these scholarships are able to support growing their interest, skills, and enthusiasm in the Australian aerospace industry,” he said.
All scholarship recipients will receive $1,000 to go towards their education and professional development, while three scholarship recipients will also receive mentorship from a Raytheon Australia engineering expert and an AYAA executive, which will continue into 2021, providing them with the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals and gain a clear understanding of the pathways available to them after high school.
“As a technology and engineering company employing more than 700 engineers, Raytheon Australia is aware of the need to motivate young people to continue their studies in maths and science,” said Michael Ward, Raytheon Australia managing director.
“By inspiring the next generation of STEM professionals, Raytheon Australia is supporting the development of skills for the future and developing leaders of tomorrow,” Ward said. “We’re excited to provide this pathway for students to engage directly with the Australian aerospace industry.
“Furthermore, by partnering with the Australian Youth Aerospace Association, we are helping create a pipeline of future talent from a diverse range of backgrounds for the defence industry and the Australian Defence Force,” he said.
Applications for students are open now, closing September 14, 2020.