Sally Hancock's passion for construction management and her motivation to succeed inthe industry has been rewarded with a national scholarship.
Ms Hancock, a second year construction management student, has received a $2000 scholarship from the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC).
Her bid to attract more females to the field of construction management and establish a student group for women at the University of Newcastle was a contributing factor.
Ms Hancock is one of 31 female students currently studying the University's Bachelor of Construction Management. There are over 360 males enrolled in the degree at the University of Newcastle.
"While construction management is traditionally a male-dominated industry, it's really important for female students to see what their female colleagues are achieving in the field," said Ms Hancock.
"I hope the new student group and my links into NAWIC will help to raise the profile of women in the degree program and provide some additional support for female students to go out and succeed."
Ms Hancock is focused on gaining experience in the industry and has spent time both in a project office, and on the other side of the fence as a builder's labourer, carrying out tasks such as digging piers, laying flooring, building frames and pouring concrete.
Ms Hancock plans to study in America next year as part of a student exchange program with New York State University, which she said will help add to the diversity of her knowledge and experience.
"I have also been offered a work experience placement with a New York City construction company which will no doubt broaden my exposure to the industry," said Ms Hancock.
"The concept of starting with nothing but earth and finishing with a construction that can shape and mould our environment, drives me to complete my degree and go on to make my mark in the construction management industry."
For interviews with Sally Hancock, contact Kate Reid in Media and Public Relations.