The Tays

Generous benefactor establishes lucrative engineering scholarship

A donation from a generous graduate has established a new scholarship for high-achieving undergraduate students to study engineering at UoN.

The Catherine and Peter Tay High Achiever Engineering Undergraduate Scholarship is worth $32,000 over four years, and will be awarded to the highest ranked commencing student in the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment with an ATAR of more than 99.0.

Peter completed a double degree in industrial engineering and economics at the University in the 1970s through a Singapore Colombo Plan Scholarship (CPS) from the Australian Government.

“For many of us, the Colombo Plan Scholarship represented our only opportunity to study overseas and even to achieve a university education,” Peter said.

“The CPS was a stepping stone for me into a successful career, and now it is time for me to give something back to the Australian people and the University.

“Catherine and I are proud to help talented local students stay in Newcastle for their engineering studies, and gain their higher education at one of the best engineering faculties in Australia.”

Peter has been instrumental in bringing about the creation of three scholarships at the University, and the revitalisation of a fourth. Through garnering the support of fellow Singapore alumni, he has attracted more than $500,000 in donations for these scholarships.

Based in Singapore, Peter is a corporate advisor engaged in business development and coaching business leaders, and serves on the boards of companies in the food and education industries. Catherine worked for more than 30 years as an executive assistant with the Law Faculty and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor’s Office at the National University of Singapore.

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