The Playford Trust, in partnership with WSP, offers a $7000 scholarship for a student in Honours or fourth-year studying electrical, civil or mechanical engineering.

WSP is a globally recognised professional services firm employing over 36,000 people, mainly engineers, technicians, scientists, architects, planners, surveyors, other design professionals, as well as various environmental experts. The firm provides services to transform the built environment and restore the natural environment, and its expertise ranges from environmental remediation to urban planning, from engineering iconic buildings to designing sustainable transport networks, and from developing the energy sources of the future to enabling new ways of extracting essential resources.

The successful applicants will have the opportunity to develop their skills and enhance their industry participation through a summer vacation placement with WSP.  The work experience and level of commitment will be negotiated between the successful students and WSP.

Work projects may range from technical engineering design, site inspections/visits/surveys, and design modelling within either the Transport, Property Resources, Environment or Water sectors within WSP, through to participation in working groups focussing on internal operations and efficiency.

As a business that pro-actively supports and engages in sustainable design practices, WSP seeks to sponsor students with enthusiasm and drive to deliver outcomes that add value to its business and to its clients.

Applications for the 2020 scholarship have now closed.

Selection Criteria

The Playford Trust will consider nominations from students studying at one of the three South Australian universities, and reserves the right to accept or reject any or all of the nominations. WSP and the Playford Trust will jointly make the final selection, with an interview process for the final shortlisted applicants. The decision will be based on the following selection criteria:

Applicants must be:

  • ready to commence Honours or fourth year electrical, civil or mechanical engineering at one of the three South Australian universities
  • an Australian citizen or a holder of a permanent resident visa, and resident in South Australia
  • intending to spend a significant part of their career in South Australia, or likely to provide a benefit to the State
  • a high achiever  with an excellent undergraduate academic record
  • of good character. Preference will be given to students who display leadership potential.

Preference will also be given to students who have a keen focus on developing skills in technical engineering and consulting, and have confidence and experience with human interaction and digital communication.

It is essential that the applicant’s supervisor or an academic referee (e.g. dean of school/faculty, or lecturer) provides a supporting comment about the student’s achievements, character and leadership potential.