Pilbara kids thinking of going into mining could get a helping hand with BHP announcing new scholarships to help pay for their Curtin University degree. Pilbara and Goldfields students are being given first preference when applying for five new BHP scholarships which cover degrees in mining and STEM-related fields. BHP head of corporate affairs Meath Hammond said the scholarships would provide a pathway for regional students to achieve their potential. “Scholarships are an important part of rewarding academic excellence, supporting research and enabling students from all backgrounds to realise their potential,” he said. “We are very pleased to be working with Curtin to make these scholarships available, particularly with the focus on the regional communities where we operate.” The scholarships cover certain degrees in engineering, mining and STEM, with two available specifically for women and one specifically for Indigenous students. Each scholarship provides recipients with financial aid, mentorship and practical work opportunities.