ASPIRING Albany WA marine scientist Lahni Davis will get first-hand industry experience with WA’s Southern Ports as part of a new scholarship.

Ms Davis, 19, has been awarded the inaugural Southern Ports’ Steve Lewis Regional Scholarship.

She is in her first year of Advanced Science at Curtin University and formally accepted the scholarship this week from Southern Ports Chief Executive Officer Keith Wilks, his predecessor Steve Lewis, and Curtin University’s Chief Advancement Officer John Fitzgerald.

“Across our team we have significant expertise, particularly in the marine and environmental fields, and we’re looking forward to extending the opportunity for industry experience to Lahni as part of the scholarship when she joins us for paid vacation work or mentoring,” Mr Wilks said.

Ms Davis said marine science had been her passion from an early age.

She was looking forward to working with Southern Ports on her summer holidays.

“If I’m able to be around people in the environmental teams that have gone through a similar pathway to me that is going to be hugely valuable. I know Southern Ports does quite a bit of work with environmental restoration and that it’s involved in the community, but I don’t know the ins and outs of how the ports operate,” said Ms Davis.

The scholarship was established to mark the positive impact and long career of Steve Lewis who retired last year after 25 years in leading ports on both sides of the country as Chief Executive Officer.

Mr Lewis sat on the selection panel which awarded the scholarship to Ms Davis and said the calibre of candidates from the South West, Goldfields-Esperance and Great Southern were exceptional.

“The excellent quality of all the applicants is a demonstration of just how much talent we have in our regional communities,” said Mr Lewis.

The Southern Ports’ Steve Lewis Regional Scholarship is an annual scholarship available to individuals from the South West, Great Southern or Goldfields-Esperance regions who are or are looking to study an undergraduate degree at Curtin University’s Kalgoorlie or Bentley campuses in the preferred areas of Science and Engineering or Business and Law.

For more information on the Scholarship and to sign up for notifications of future rounds visit the Curtin University website.