The University of the Sunshine Coast Civil Engineering student said the scholarship would enable him to focus on his final years of study.

“Becoming a Civil Engineer has been an ambition I have held since I was a child, with dreams of being part of exciting projects and delivering solutions that improve quality of life and the environment,” he said.

Mr Lavers is the ninth recipient of the scholarship, with Unitywater offering it to outstanding USC Engineering students since 2014.

Unitywater Executive Manager Kenan Hibberd said the water and sewerage services provider was proud to support Mr Lavers in his studies.

“Our essential services and important infrastructure rely on us having fantastic engineers in our organisation and we’re proud to help Joshua achieve his goal of becoming a Civil Engineer,” he said.

The scholarship includes a monetary prize, paid work experience over the Summer break through Unitywater’s Undergraduate Vacation Program and a place in our Graduate Development Program.

Unitywater has also introduced the Fiona Waterhouse Women in STEM Scholarship and the Bright Future for First Nation Students Scholarship in 2022.