Waikiki student given scholarship to keep digging towards chosen career of mining


Elliot Puccinelli, of Waikiki, proudly displays the scholarship he received.
Elliot Puccinelli, of Waikiki, proudly displays the scholarship he received.

ELLIOT Puccinelli was one of three students at Curtin University’s WA School of Mines to receive a $10,000 boost for tertiary study costs in their chosen field of mining.

Dubbed the West Australian Mining Club Scholarships they are funded by the WA Mining Club, established in since 1972.

The club takes the contribution to mining students’ education seriously and uses the scholarships as a way to advance WA’s mining industry through promoting and encouraging general and technical information as well as knowledge sharing.

Numerous scholarships are offered annually in environmental science, metallurgy, mining engineering and geology.

In his first year of his Bachelor of Engineering (Mining Engineering), the Waikiki student was granted the Engineering in Mining Sector Scholarship.

Third-year Bachelor of Engineering (Mining Engineering) student Anis McGowan, of Kalgoorlie, was presented with the Female Student in a Technical Discipline in the Mining Sector scholarship.

The Geology Scholarship was awarded to Bachelor of Science (Applied Geology) second-year student Przemyslaw Jakub Cichosz, of Hilton.

Along with the cash, the students will receive mentorship as part of their prize.

WA Mining Club President Neil Watson said the calibre of applicants made it tricky to judge.

“We received almost 200 applications, the largest interest so far, and the quality of candidates was exceptional.

“It was a very competitive year,” Mr Watson said.