2016 SMMO Scholarships awarded


Monday 11 July 2016

2016 Sumitomo Metal Mining Oceania (SMMO) supported Scholarships awarded

On Monday 1 August, Mihran Sarkissian, Peter Lindsay and Eloise Clayton were each awarded a 2016 Sumitomo Metal Mining Oceania (SMMO) supported Scholarship. The aim of the Scholarship Program, which is supported and administered by Northparkes Mines, is to promote and encourage careers in the mining industry.

The ceremony was opened by Northparkes Mines Manager People, Safety and Environment Angus Wyllie. SMMO Managing Director Mr Hitoshi Ito said “Sumitomo has been a partner of Northparkes since its very beginning in 1993. We have provided SMMO scholarships to students for the past three years to demonstrate our commitment to Northparkes and our wish to work with the local community for many years to come.”

Northparkes Managing Director Stefanie Loader said “We are pleased to have the opportunity via SMMO to support local students pursue a career in mining.”

Eloise attended Trundle Central School and is now studying a Bachelor of Science – Chemistry at Western Sydney University. Eloise is excited about the possibility of a work placement at Northparkes, and would like to return to the region when she completes her studies.

Mihran and Peter are both Year 11 Students at Red Bend Catholic College. Mihran said “My dream is to study electrical engineering, and I hope to participate in the Honeywell Engineering Summer School this year via the University of NSW. The support from SMMO will help me achieve this.”

Peter said “I appreciate the ongoing support from SMMO, and the opportunity for work experience through Northparkes Mines”. Peter aims to become a mechanical or electrical engineer.

Eloise, Peter and Mihran join a cohort of three existing SMMO scholarship holders. Ben Bevan, a scholarship holder from 2014, has graduated the program and now works for Northparkes Mines as an apprentice.

The two Year 11 students will receive $500 for successful completion of Year 11 and $1,000 for successful completion of Year 12. $2,000 is also granted to those scholarship students who enter and successfully complete their first year at university in a mining related course.

The SMMO Scholarship program is administered by Northparkes Mines, with which SMMO is a joint venture partner. The scholarship is a voluntary investment by SMMO above and beyond sponsorship and community grants already provided by Northparkes Mines.

In addition to financial support provided by SMMO, Northparkes offers work experience and career mentoring to SMMO scholarship holders both onsite and throughout Australia.

Media enquiries:
Elysha Loiterton
Northparkes Mines Advisor Community and External Relations
02 6861 3621

CMOC Mining Pty Limited (ABN 17 164 997 317) (Parent Company), with CMOC Mining Services Pty. Limited (ABN 32 165 717 895) as operator, in a Joint Venture Agreement with Sumitomo Metal Mining Oceania Pty Ltd (ABN 81 059 761 125) and SC Mineral Resources Pty Ltd (ABN 84 058 323 372), T/A Northparkes Mines.

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