Geoff Walsh Memorial Scholarship

The HVE Committee is pleased to announce that the Geoff Walsh Memorial Scholarship is now open to receive applications for 2023.

It gives us great pleasure to inform you that funding for this year’s scholarship is available to provide financial assistance and encouragement to pursue your interest and endeavours to benefit the heavy vehicle transport industry. Geoff Walsh himself received such a scholarship in 1983, which enabled him to travel to Australia and Canada to study the design of dynamic behaviour of heavy vehicles. Upon what he learned, personal enrichment and lifelong relationships developed, he built and invested in a career of invaluable and personally fulfilling service to the industry.

This opportunity is now open to you.

Am I eligible?

This offer is open to Full Members, Affiliate Members, Student Members and employees of members of the HVE Group, NZTTMF or IRTENZ who wish to undertake some form of education, training, professional development or research.

  • Are you a new and perhaps younger engineer just starting out and keen to widen your knowledge and expertise in a certain field?
  • Are you in training to become a Heavy Vehicle engineer and need assistance with costs of mentoring, obtaining resources, codes or course costs?
  • Do you work ‘on the tools’ and wish to upskill to become a designer and/or certifier by going back to study?
  • Do you know someone who needs encouragement to reach their obvious potential for their own benefit and that of the industry at large?
  • Are you a more seasoned engineer with a particular interest you wish to explore, probe and investigate more deeply?
  • Is there a course or webinar which you think would benefit your own professional development?

In addition to the more formal training opportunities, it is recognised that in present times there are a number of engineers-in-training who need contact time with one or more senior HVSC Engineers to progress. The HVE Committee recognises this as a valid form of professional development and therefore encourages applications for financial assistance to enable such informal training possibilities to be maximised. The HVE Committee regards the timely ‘graduation’ of new HVSCs into the system as a high priority to help relieve current pressures on the industry.

We encourage all members to consider this opportunity to gain assistance for personal and professional development and to become better equipped to contribute to the benefit, excellence and safety of heavy vehicle engineering in New Zealand.

How is the scholarship distributed?

A scholarship may be granted up to the full value of the funding available in any year. It may be awarded to one recipient or divided among two or more recipients. It may also be awarded in a single year or over multiple years. Any scholarships not awarded in any particular year will accumulate and may be granted later. HVE, or other sources, may even offer additional funding. The scholarship may cover any form of cost including, but not limited to, course fees, travel, accommodation, purchase of resource material.

What are my obligations?

If successful, after completing the activity received as a result of this scholarship, you may be asked to share skills or information gained in a presentation to a conference or other meeting of the HVE Group, NZTTMF, IRTENZ or wider industry. Scholarship details of successful applicants will be published within the supporting organisations and may also be used to help promote the scholarship. If anything else is expected of you, this will be made clear prior to the scholarship being granted, or in mutual agreement with you.

What do I do now?

Please complete the attached Application Form. Your application will be received by the HVE Committee and forwarded to a selection committee who will assess all applications and decide who should receive the scholarship. Successful recipients of the 2023 Geoff Walsh Memorial Scholarship will be announced at the October 2023 HVE Conference. Applications can be made for funding towards costs that are incurred before the 2023 HVE Conference. Please be prepared to supply further information, including referees, if required, and do take note that all decisions of HVE are binding and not open to debate.

What am I waiting for?

Click on the link below to complete the Application Form and apply now!

Closing Date for Applications:  5:00pm Monday 25 September 2023

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