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Since the University of Adelaide introduced the Mining Engineering degree in 2007, industry leaders have thrown their support behind the discipline.
Greg Hall, General Manager of Toro Energy based in South Australia, was the first company to establish two major scholarships in both Mining and Geology.
"Toro strongly believes that we need to support and encourage new students and graduates to enter the industry," Greg said.
"All these students are able to achieve so much with the right career start, and that is what Toro is trying to assist. Some will end up working overseas, some will run major corporations, and some will develop new and innovative science and engineering techniques or designs," Greg said.
First-year Mining Engineering student Ryan Fuller was one of three recipients of a Toro Energy scholarship this year, after a generous offer from Greg to extend his 2011 scholarship program to include Ryan.
"I admired Ryan's strong work ethic to undertake so much after-hours part-time work to be able to support his study. We wanted to assist him further, and allow his full potential within his course and future career," Greg said.
The support will allow Ryan to complete his studies without the pressure of supporting himself financially, and achieve his goal of a long and successful career in the industry.
"Receiving the Toro Energy scholarship has enabled me to get involved in some extra-curricular activities such as the mid-semester field trip to Prominent Hill and Olympic Dam," Ryan said.
"I also have the opportunity to gain some vacation work experience with Toro Energy which is of priceless value and will aid me in putting my studies in a practical context and give me some edge in the job market." ■
Story by Connie Dutton
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