In support of Federation University students, AGL’s 2021 Loy Yang Jungarra Wannik Scholarship and Engineering Scholarship have been awarded to Tammy-lee Chatwin, a nursing student based in Gippsland and Michael (Khang) Dinh, a mechatronics engineering graduate.

The Loy Yang Jungarra Wannik Scholarship will enable this year’s recipient, Tammy-lee, to undertake the work placement required for her Bachelor of Nursing degree.

Michael (Khang) Dinh has received this year’s Loy Yang Engineering Scholarship after achieving the highest grades of any engineering graduate.

AGL Executive General Manager of Future Business and Technology and Executive Sponsor of AGL Cultures network, John Chambers said AGL is proud to support these students as they prepare for the next stage of their careers.

“Jungarra Wannik, meaning ‘to find your footprint’ , is a scholarship named by Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation and awarded by AGL to support Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students,” Mr Chambers said.

“We look forward to seeing the bright future of Tammy-lee and hope that through this scholarship we are paving the way for students to ‘find their footprint’ and in doing so inspire others to do the same.”

AGL Chief Operating Officer, Markus Brokhof said the scholarships play an important role in developing and educating the next generation in the region.

“Each year we award the highest achieving engineering graduate with the Loy Yang Engineering Scholarship, and this year we are pleased to be recognising the hard work and tenacity of Michael,” Mr Brokhof said.

“Beyond providing financial support through these scholarships, our aim is to motivate students to further their studies and achieve their goals."

The funds from the Jungarra Wannik Scholarship will support Tammy-lee, a single mother of seven, as she undertakes 11 weeks of her nursing placement.

Ms Chatwin said the scholarship had made a huge difference in her life by giving her the opportunity to undertake the placement, which is otherwise unpaid.

“It has been amazing to be awarded this scholarship. I can now do a subject with a placement in it, rather than being limited to those without placements,” Ms Chatwin said.

“It takes the pressure off trying to work out what I was going to do. I was having to pick up double shifts and save up enough annual leave to be able to take those 11 weeks of placement.”

Mr Dinh is currently working as a graduate engineer at Gippsland Water and said the scholarship would help him to achieve his goal of completing a PhD.

“It will go towards my further education and will help with the cost of acquiring practical lab equipment,” Mr Dinh said.

“I hope this relationship between AGL and Federation University continues to inspire future generations of mechatronic engineers.”

Visit the Federation University website for more information on AGL’s scholarship programs.