The inaugural scholarship winner is eighteen year old Ethan Ritchie.
Mr Ritchie started his studies at the AMC this year, where he is working towards attaining a Bachelor of Engineering Specialising in Naval Architecture, with Honours in Cooperative Education.
Mr Ritchie said he is attending AMC due to its reputation for world-class education standards and facilities for maritime education.
He said he has been strongly influenced by his father, who is a marine engineer, and has fostered his passion for science and seafaring.
After two months of study, Mr Ritchie says his enthusiasm for working in the maritime sector has continued to grow, along with his determination to help design the vessels of the future.
“I would love to end up having a job that really interests me, in an industry that is always engaging me and giving me new challenges. I would much prefer to be in a role where I can love the work that I do rather than just have a nice paycheque, that’s far more important,” Mr Ritchie said.
“Studying at AMC has been a challenge with the changes due to COVID-19 but I am loving the content. It’s all very interesting and right up my alley.
“I feel absolutely honoured, it’s incredible to have been given this scholarship,”
Mr Ritchie hopes this is the first year of a long career that both challenges and inspires him.