Hydro Tasmania has announced it is doubling its commitment to Engineers Australia’s Women in Engineering Scholarships, with the firm sponsoring two scholarships next year.

This year’s inaugural winner of the Hydro Tasmania scholarship was Lucy Watt, a former Mt Carmel College and Guildford Young College student who is studying first year engineering at the University of Tasmania.

Next year, two scholarship recipients will each receive $5000 to help fund textbooks, study fees, and other services that support their study.

 “While just under one-third of our 1200 staff are women, and we are working to increase that ratio,” Hydro Tasmania CEO Steve Davy said. “Young women need to know engineering is no longer a boys’ club, that a strong career is within their reach, and businesses like Hydro Tasmania will support them.

“That’s why we’re delighted to pump up our support for the Women in Engineering Scholarship.”

Last year, Hydro Tasmania signed-up to the Clean Energy Council’s Women in Renewables Leaders’ Pledge and established a networking and development program to encourage women in leadership.

Almost half the people selected for Hydro Tasmania’s annual Graduate Program are women, although they’re still under-represented in engineering positions.