Opening doors to the construction industry

John Holland is delighted to announce the first recipient of its NSW Building scholarship, making it possible for students at Western Sydney University to continue with their studies despite economic hardship.

Ray Massoud, 22, of Merrylands, who is in his third year of a Construction Management degree at Western Sydney University won the $7,500 prize by impressing judges with his commitment to his studies and his resilience.

General Manager Building NSW/ACT Matthew Bourne said the scholarship allowed students undergoing financial hardship to focus on their studies.

“Our company purpose is transforming lives – it’s important to me that we stay true to this and support the next generation of talent in our industry, giving them the best chance of success,” Mr Bourne said.

“Ray was an outstanding candidate, who has a bright future, and we are excited to see where this takes him.”

The inaugural John Holland Building scholarship will also allow Ray to intern at the company, and apply early to its graduate program.

Ray recently lost his mother to terminal cancer, and he said her memory has motivated him to strive for academic achievement.

“Attending University is definitely a huge privilege, and I am grateful that I have the opportunity to do so, but the expense of University can be overwhelming and discouraging at times. Although this is the case, I found that applying for a scholarship was a way to give myself a great opportunity where I can be rewarded as a reflection of my hard work, also relieving the stress of funding my degree,” Mr Massoud said.

“I was absolutely honoured to be awarded the John Holland Construction Management Scholarship at Western Sydney University. It really showed me that hard work will pay off in the long run and to always stay focused.”

Ray hopes to one day progress his career to become a project manager for John Holland.