Mr Tjoeng will be paid the stipend over the course of his degree and will use his vacation work placements with BHP Billiton Petroleum to prepare him for his future career.
The Canning Vale resident said he hoped to work in the offshore petroleum industry as a senior drilling engineer.
‘The world relies so heavily on petroleum, so it’s imperative that we find more efficient methods to extract it,’ he said.
‘This is where the next generation of engineers can have the biggest impact, and it’s where I hope to work in the near future.’
Curtin University launched the scholarship this year in conjunction with BHP Billiton Petroleum and will award it to one student each year.