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Scholarship helps Phillippa pursue her passions

Engineering student Phillippa Radford

Engineering student Phillippa Radford

University of Adelaide engineering student Phillippa Radford packs a busy schedule as she pursues multiple interests both within and outside city campus.

The winner of a 2017 Top100 Future Leader Award is always on the lookout for new challenges to expand her learning and gain important life experiences beyond university studies.

Winning an Ian Cocks Engineering Scholarship in 2015 is proving invaluable in helping her achieve her goals.

“The financial support that it provides really means a lot more than being able to support myself through university,” says Phillippa.

“It’s meant that I can also focus on other things and gain different experiences and not always be thinking about having to earn money to support myself.”

The Ian Cocks Memorial Trust was founded in 1999 with the aim of increasing South Australia’s knowledge base, particularly in the areas of wine industry technology, marketing and business, engineering for manufacturing industries, and tourism.

It was established in memory of Ian Cocks, the South Australian businessman and community leader who helped bring the Formula One Grand Prix to Adelaide in 1985 and who died tragically during the Classic Adelaide Rally in 1997.

The Petaluma wine company contributed $100,000 towards the trust which today funds two scholarships to support engineering and wine research students.

Phillippa, 22, who is studying an honours degree in civil and structural engineering as well as a finance degree, won the scholarship as a result of her academic achievements.

The financial security has allowed her to devote even more time to various engineering organisations and committees. She joined Adelaide University Engineering Society in her first year in 2014 and is now vice-president.

“It’s a role in which I can help other engineering students find their feet and make new friends when they start at university and also encourage them to pursue other endeavours to keep their study-life balance,” says Phillippa.

As a committee member of Engineers Without Borders Australia, she has visited Cambodia and worked with people in the rural province of Kratié on sustainable design solutions.

Phillippa has also represented her peers in meetings with engineering school heads to help improve courses and student interaction.

Outside of university, Phillippa is a part-time tutor in the boarding house of her former school, Pembroke School, where she provides pastoral support and assistance with homework for students of all ages.

“It certainly keeps me on my toes covering all types of subjects from maths to English and sciences,” she says.

Phillippa says being awarded the scholarship also helped strengthen her resume to win valuable work experience with Arup Australia during the summer holidays.

“I’m really enjoying experiencing different things at the moment and want to keep challenging myself,” she says.

“Whatever field I end up in, I want to be innovative and involved in problem solving and also a leader so that I have a role in inspiring other people.”

Story by Ian Willams


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