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Students stamp their mark on defence industry

08 September

Students stamp their mark on defence industry

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Bridget Rossiter is passionate about virtual reality. Now, through the 2017 Defence Honours Scholarship Program she will use that passion to contribute directly to the future of the defence industry in South Australia.

The program is delivered in partnership with the Defence Teaming Centre and Playford Memorial Trust.

This year it has awarded 15 scholarships to students from South Australian universities, to explore new ideas and gain valuable skills across industry-nominated projects.

Bridget’s scholarship is with Rheinmetall Defence Australia, working on new projects that utilise the power of virtual reality to develop state-of-the-art training systems for military personnel.

Bridget said that working on Rheinmetall’s project will allow her to put her knowledge, skills and passion for virtual reality into practice.

“I will design and recreate realistic and engaging 3D real-world environments to deliver effective and engaging training tools for military operators in defence.

“My scholarship is a great opportunity to interact with new and exciting technologies, and develop my skills in software engineering. It will also open new doors and opportunities for me in Adelaide.”

The program has received sponsorship from defence companies including Rheinmetall Electronics, Lockheed Martin Australia, Boeing Defence Australia, BAE Systems and ASC Pty Ltd.  These opportunities give students a new take on industry work placements by engaging them in real-world industry projects.

The Defence Honours Scholarship program enhances STEM student learning experiences by facilitating strong industry engagement through work placements and project-based learning.

Employers can fully fund student scholarships or may request assistance from the State Government to cover the student scholarship ($7,000), the employer host grant ($3,000) or both.

A parallel Defence and STEM Internship program also provides an extended learning experience for third and fourth year students.

To date, the State Government has invested almost $1.6 million through defence and STEM internships and scholarships to give students exposure to industry projects in areas of capability.

Applications for the 2018 Defence Honours Scholarship Program are now open. For more information, visit