AECOM and CQU launch The Warren Williams Memorial Scholarship

Applications for the $10,000 scholarship are now open

 MACKAY (Dec. 1, 2020) — AECOM, the world’s premier infrastructure consulting firm, today announced the Warren Williams Memorial Scholarship in partnership with CQUniversity Australia. The scholarship is available to CQU students studying a Bachelor of Engineering, to support them through their second or third years of study.

Each successful recipient will receive $10,000 over two years to support them through their studies and be offered an undergraduate internship at AECOM’s Rockhampton or Mackay offices. Established in memory of AECOM Central Queensland manager, the late Warren “Wazza” Williams, the scholarship recognises his outstanding contribution to the engineering profession and the Central Queensland region.

“We believe financial insecurity shouldn’t be a barrier to reaching one’s full potential, that’s why we are proud to establish the Warren Williams Memorial scholarship. Developed in partnership with CQU, the scholarship will provide much needed financial support to engineering students. Enabling the recipient to focus on their studies and benefit from work experience as part of our undergraduate program,” said Ben McMaster, AECOM Rockhampton office manager.

“We are delighted to partner with AECOM to create a scholarship that combines financial support with industry experience. It is all part of helping CQU students to achieve their academic and career aspirations, plus in meeting the requirements of the professional accrediting body – Engineers Australia,” said Professor Steve Hall, Dean – Engineering and Technology.

“Warren was a caring and very genuine person, who had a hugely positive influence on everyone who knew him. We are proud to be continuing Warren’s legacy by supporting local engineering students in the Central Queensland region,” said Danny Birkett, AECOM Mackay Office Manager.

To be eligible to receive the CQUniCares AECOM Warren Williams Memorial Scholarship, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled or intending to be enrolled at CQUniversity in Term 1, 2021;
  • Be studying in their second or third academic year;
  • Be studying a minimum term study load of 12 credit points or more;
  • Be enrolled in a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours);
  • Be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident, holder of a Humanitarian Visa or New Zealand Citizen with a permanent home address in Australia;
  • Be enrolled at Census Date in Term 1, 2021;
  • Not be receiving another CQUniversity Scholarship of similar or higher value.

The application process for the forthcoming academic year is now open to existing CQU undergraduates studying engineering. For more information about the scholarship application process: CQU website.

The AECOM Warren Williams scholarship is the second scholarship available to Queensland based engineering undergraduates. It follows the Dr. Jonathan Harris Scholarship, which has been awarded to James Cook University (JCU) engineering undergraduates for the past 13 years. Established in 2008 to honour the life, academic achievements and outstanding contribution to the engineering profession made by Dr Jonathan Harris, alumni of James Cook University and former AECOM employee who, passed away tragically at the age of just 44 in 2007.

About Warren Williams

Warren “Wazza” Williams started his career at AECOM in 2002 and moved to Mackay in 2008 to establish the first AECOM office. In 2013 he took on the role of Manager for AECOM’s Central Queensland operations. Warren remained in this role until 2018 when he sadly lost his life to cancer aged just 43.


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