Congratulations to the inaugural recipient of the Abergeldie First Nations Engineering Scholarship, Jaric Ritherdon, a Western Sydney University (Western) student from Bilpin, NSW, undertaking a Diploma in Engineering / Bachelor of Engineering Studies. Jaric grew up on Dharug land next to the Blue Mountains National Park and from an early age, had a sense of belonging instilled from his great grandad Albert Holt, an Aboriginal ancestor who worked on the land.
Whilst working as a carpenter, Jaric Ritherdon was inspired to apply to study for a Bachelor of Engineering Studies with Western by his boss, a physicist and electrical engineer. Jaric said, “The scholarship has encouraged me to study harder and complete the degree without worry of financial stress.”
Abergeldie CEO, Mark Bruzzone said, “We are thrilled to be supporting Jaric in his journey to complete a Bachelor of Engineering Studies at WSU. As leaders in civil construction and as part of our mission to build better communities we strive for a more reconciled and equitable future. We are committed to improving our Indigenous workforce presence. Supporting our First Nations youth is one way we can help achieve this. We wish Jaric all the best with his studies and a prosperous future in engineering.”
The Abergeldie Fist Nations Engineering Scholarship strengthens Abergeldie’s enduring relationship with Western, with Abergeldie also a major sponsor of the Western Solar Team, which pushes the boundaries of engineering and manufacturing to build cars for the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge.
Abergeldie is a civil engineering contractor with over 25 years’ experience providing services in the utilities, energy and infrastructure sectors: the complex infrastructure needed to build better communities.