Finnish engineering and consultancy firm, Pöyry, has teamed up with five universities and a college in Scotland to offer 35 scholarships in the energy industry.
The £140,000 initiative will allow at least 35 students the opportunity to gain scholarships at Aberdeen University, Robert Gordon University (RGU), Edinburgh University, Strathclyde University, Heriot-Watt University and Banff and Buchan College.
Steve Fogg, president of oil and gas Europe at Pöyry, said: ‘There is a huge wealth of young talent in our universities and colleges throughout Scotland.
‘If we are to ensure a vibrant and sustainable energy industry in the UK, it’s vital we support these rising stars.
‘Young people in the north-east of Scotland are aware of the fantastic opportunities that exist within the oil and gas sector, but it’s not something students in the Central Belt instantly consider.
‘We were very keen to raise awareness of the great careers that exist within the industry to people throughout the whole of the country.’
The scholarships will be awarded between 2009 and 2013 and will be open to all third-year students.
The Fiona Fuller Business Scholarship will be presented to students at RGU, who will be awarded £1,000 in their third year and £2,000 in their fourth and final year.
Full-time, second-year students at Banff and Buchan College in Fraserburgh will also be eligible to apply for £500 of support under the business scholarship.
Professor Albert Rodger, vice-principal and head of the College of Physical Sciences at Aberdeen University, said: ‘Working with industry to create a strong portfolio of scholarships that will support and benefit our students is a key objective for Aberdeen University.
‘We welcome the development of these scholarships with Pöyry, which will play a vital role in supporting talent of the future and provide a crucial financial lifeline for successful recipients.’
Professor Mike Pittilo, principal of Robert Gordon University, added: ‘The type of assistance that Pöyry is providing is invaluable.
‘It supports our undergraduates in a very practical way and further strengthens the university’s links with industry, which is of great benefit to both our students and the companies involved.
‘It is also very pleasing that one of our graduates, Fiona Fuller, made such an impression on her employer that they chose to name this scholarship after her.’
The selection of students will be based on both academic achievement and commitment to the industry.
The awards will be announced in November during a formal presentation dinner.