The Natasha Linard Scholarship for Women in Engineering and Technology empowers and inspires emerging female leaders to make a positive impact on society through their engineering and technological pursuits.
Named in honour of Dr Natasha Linard - one of the first female students at The Australian National University (ANU) to graduate with a Bachelor of Engineering and, subsequently, a PhD in Engineering - the 2022 scholarship was awarded to Charli Fell.
Charli is a remarkable student whose passion for humanitarian engineering has already made a significant impact on her community. The award aims to help build the recipient's leadership skills, and Charli understood the assignment. On receiving the scholarship, she used the funds to support her work leading the Local Design Summit, a week-long event promoting inclusivity and diversity in the field of engineering. It is thanks to Charli's work in organising and running the event, along with her generous donation of half of her scholarship funds, that the Local Design Summit continues today.
Through this work, Charli is helping to build women’s leadership skills in technology, business, and community areas. She is making engineering more accessible to women, while also developing mentor relationships with prominent professionals in the engineering sector.
Without the financial support provided by donors, Charli might not have been able to make the significant impact she has already achieved for women in engineering. The generosity of the ANU community, through the Natasha Linard Scholarship for Women in Engineering and Technology, has enabled young women like Charli to pursue their dreams, break down barriers, and make a positive impact.