Dr Natasha Linard was an outstanding and inspiring role model for female engineers. Her contributions to the profession have been prominent and numerous. To ensure that her legacy continues, the Natasha Linard Scholarship for Women in Engineering has been created. Your contribution to this endowment will ensure that the best and brightest female engineering students are supported to develop their leadership skills to be future industry and community leaders.
Dr Natasha Linard was in the first intake of the Bachelor of Engineering Degree at the ANU, in 1990, in which there were five women and fifty men. Today the proportion of female students in engineering has improved to approximately twenty per cent, but it is still unacceptably low. Throughout her short but active life Natasha dedicated herself enthusiastically to mentoring young women, both as students and professional engineers.
The Natasha Linard Scholarship for Women in Engineering will support female students in the final year of the undergraduate engineering program at the ANU Research School of Engineering to build their leadership skills in technology, business and community areas, and develop a mentoring relationship with prominent professionals in the private and public sectors.
The scholarship will provide:
- An extended internship in a professional engineering environment to develop engineering and leadership skills
- Mentoring by experienced professionals
- Completion of a formal Diploma qualification in leadership
- Opportunities to work within the ANU or with partner industries and organisations to exercise those leadership skills
The scholarship includes the enrolment fees for the She Leads Diploma of Management and Leadership, offered by the YWCA, as well as attendance to the She Leads leadership conference and monthly workshops. The scholarship holder will be able to give back to the community with involvement in the YWCA Canberra Computer Clubhouse - an innovative, out of school learning space where young people from underserved communities can work with mentors to develop new skills, explore their own ideas, and build confidence in themselves through the use of technology.
The ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science is seeking partnerships to establish a rewarding internship and mentoring program. Your contribution to this endowment will ensure that the best and brightest female engineering students are supported to develop their leadership skills to be future industry and community leaders.