Michael Brewster-TasWater CEO, Rebecca Cuthill-University of Tasmania, Jenna Farrow-2018 Steve Balcombe Scholarship Winner, Miles Hampton-TasWater Chairman
This year’s Steve Balcombe Scholarship winner is Jenna Farrow, from Oakdowns on Hobart’s eastern shore.
Jenna has just completed year 12 at Rosny College and is now enrolled in Engineering at the University of Tasmania.
The Steve Balcombe Scholarship is offered by TasWater to support a student studying in an area relevant to the water industry such as engineering, environmental science and earth science.
This year there were 60 applicants.
The scholarship provides Jenna with $3000 for each year of her university course, professional and mentoring support with work placements and she will be offered employment in a graduate position at TasWater at the end of her study.
Congratulating Jenna, TasWater CEO Michael Brewster said the Steve Balcombe Scholarship is central to TasWater’s commitment to encouraging and developing career paths for young water industry professionals.
“Recipients are offered an insight and experience in the water industry and take part in developing real projects with real outcomes.”
“The scholarship is one more way TasWater is ensuring Tasmania has the skills necessary to develop a long-term sustainable water and sewage sector to service the community and protect the environment.”
Jenna is passionate about mathematics and is keen to explore all areas of engineering.
“My aim though is to head towards developing my career in the area of civil engineering as I enjoy its focus not only on the design and construction work, but also the important area of maintenance of structures.”
“The scholarship is also great as it will help ease the significant financial obligation of university, enabling me to focus completely on my studies.”
Jenna is also keen on sport having played football and cricket for Clarence and coaching and umpiring different sports as well as being involved with Make a Wish Foundation fundraising while also holding down a retail job.
The scholarship honours the inaugural Chairman of Hobart Water Steve Balcombe who had a distinguished career in both the public and private sectors in Tasmania before his premature death in 2001.
Steve was an engineering graduate from the University of Tasmania and played a pioneering role in developing the water industry in the state as we know it today.
Michael Brewster says TasWater is very pleased to offer ongoing support for the scholarship, honouring Steve Balcombe which is now in its eighteenth year.
TasWater CEO Michael Brewster