12 March 2012
The University of the Sunshine Coast will soon present its first Mechanical Engineering scholarship, thanks to a donation by Weir Minerals Multiflo, a business unit within the multinational company, The Weir Group PLC.
A $9,000 scholarship will be awarded to a second-year Mechanical Engineering student who has achieved good academic standing and who has an extracurricular interest or involvement in engineering.
The scholarship winner will receive payments of $3,000 a year for the remaining three years of his or her degree at USC.
The Weir Group PLC is a UK-based company that designs and manufactures high-quality engineering equipment solutions for the minerals processing, oil and gas, and power industries. The company employs about 13,000 people worldwide.
Weir Minerals Multiflo recently opened a new purpose-built facility at its base in Coolum to help service its clients in Australia and throughout South East Asia.
Weir Minerals Multiflo Managing Director Paul Avey said The Weir Group has been operating for more than 140 years and its core business is manufacturing and servicing mechanical engineering equipment.
“Weir Minerals Multiflo, an operating business unit of The Weir Group, is proud to have an association with the discipline of Mechanical Engineering at the University of the Sunshine Coast and we look forward to a long and mutually beneficial partnership,” he said.
USC’s Vice Chancellor Professor Greg Hill praised the company for establishing the scholarship, which will be presented to one student each year from 2012 to 2014.
“The scholarship aims to help establish Mechanical Engineering at USC and assist students interested in pursuing a career in this sector,” he said. “It’s great to have a gift that celebrates the start of a new discipline at the University.
“It’s also exciting that this is the first multinational business to support student scholarships at USC in this way and that it has a direct link to the mining industry.
“Weir Minerals Multiflo is supporting us, as the local university where it has a base in Australia, and we’re looking forward to building on that partnership with them.”
Applications for the scholarship will close on Friday 20 April.
— Terry Walsh