THE 2017 Warren Lee Scholarship recipient Smithton-born Luis McLaren, 20 was presented with the scholarship at the University’s Sandy Bay Campus last month.
Luis was inspired to become a civil engineer after working as a volunteer on construction projects within a Cambodian school.
The award was presented by Brighton Council Mayor Tony Foster, in a ceremony among representatives from the Brighton Council and Luis’ friends and family.
Born in Circular Head, Smithton, Luis’ schooling took place between Burnie (Tasmania) and Victoria, before going on to pre-tertiary studies at Marist Regional College in Burnie. Luis is now in his second year of a Bachelor of Engineering, majoring in civil engineering.
In 2013 Luis, alongside a team of other volunteers, worked within an impoverished school in Cambodia to help build infrastructure; undertaking painting, cementing, playground construction and teaching. Luis describes it as a humbling experience, which keeps him grounded in his studies and helped broaden his perspective.
The teamwork enabled Luis to develop his natural cooperation and leadership skills, which saw him elected as a group leader for two engineering projects within the first year of his degree.
About the Warren Lee Scholarship:
The scholarship is valued at $5500 a year for up to three years and also includes work experience with the Brighton Council and project support.
The scholarship is offered by the Brighton Council in memory of the late Warren Lee, a respected engineer and valued member of the Brighton Council staff until his sudden passing in October 2007.
Warren was an engineering graduate of the University of Tasmania and undertook his practical placement at the Brighton Council in 1993. He commenced working full-time with the council in 1996 following his graduation.
Known in Tasmania as a specialist in sewerage re-use, the sewage effluent re-use projects that Warren established during his time at the Brighton Council are still considered to be the best in the state and among the best in the country.
The scholarship is a permanent recognition of the considerable contribution he made to the council and the community, and his lifelong passion for engineering.