Scholarship gives Dundee student the BEAR necessities

Stephen Blacklaw
Stephen Blacklaw

An Dundee engineering student is to benefit from a scholarship created in memory of former BEAR Scotland chairman, the late Bill Taylor.

Third-year BEng (Hons) civil and environmental engineering student Stephen Blacklaw, from Abertay University has been selected as the first recipient of the two-year scholarship named in honour of Mr Taylor, a graduate of Dundee Institute of Technology, Abertay’s predecessor institution.

The 37-year-old from Muirhead will receive £1,700 per year and two paid work placements with BEAR Scotland.

He will also be offered a full-time role on the BEAR Scotland graduate training programme, gaining experience in a number of different departments within the company over a three to four-year training programme.

Stephen, who hopes to go on to achieve a Masters after completing his degree, said he was hugely grateful to BEAR Scotland.

He added: “This scholarship is really going to help me with my studies.

‘‘While the financial side of it is amazing, the added benefit of gaining real-life work experience is a massive benefit.

“Work experience is absolutely vital in this industry, so it’s brilliant that BEAR Scotland has agreed to take me on.

‘‘I’m looking forward to learning on the job with them.

“As an engineer, this being the Bill Taylor scholarship makes it that little bit special and I’m determined to take full advantage of this generous opportunity.”