AusNet Services is passionate about supporting and encouraging young women to pursue a degree in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) and pursue a career in energy. The scholarships offered by AusNet Services aim to support and prepare women for diverse and rewarding careers in the energy industry. The Women in Power Scholarship program, introduced in 2020, extends and builds upon the Women in Power Engineering program between Deakin University and AusNet Services. The new direction of the program allows for earlier intervention and promotion of STEAM pathways for students by supporting scholarship recipients all the way from the start of their VCE to the end of their Bachelors’ degree. This new scholarship brings Sacred Heart Geelong into the fold and allows all three organisations to work together to support young minds earlier and in a wider range of disciplines.
The Women in Power Scholarship is designed to promote and encourage young women to study STEAM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) and pursue a career in the energy industry. Through a partnership with Sacred Heart College and Deakin University the scholarship sponsors female students throughout their VCE (year 11 and 12 studies) all the way through to their graduation with a Bachelors’ degree from Deakin University. Applicants can be students entering either year 11 or 12 at Sacred Heart College. Each year, successful applicants receive a scholarship, including $7,000 per year of their enrolment at Sacred Heart college and then $10,000 per year for the duration of their STEAM related undergraduate degree at Deakin University. The students also receive valuable mentoring, vocation work and ongoing career support.
To directly make a significant step change in the number of women in power engineering, through a partnership with Deakin University, AusNet Services sponsored seven women to complete a degree in power engineering. Each year, successful applicants receive a scholarship, including $10,000 per year plus valuable mentoring, vocation work and ongoing career support. Two recipients of the scholarship are now employed at AusNet Services. The Women in Power Engineering scholarship was awarded for the final time in 2020 following the introduction of the Women in Power Scholarship Program.