USC to present first Mechanical Engineering scholarship

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USC to present first Mechanical Engineering scholarship


5 August 2012

The University of the Sunshine Coast will present its first Mechanical Engineering scholarship tomorrow night (Monday 6 August), thanks to sponsorship from multinational company Weir Minerals Multiflo.

The Weir Minerals Multiflo Scholarship, valued at $9,000 over three years, will be one of eight prizes presented to students at the University’s 2012 Engineering Awards Ceremony.

This event will be held from 5.30pm to 7pm at USC’s Innovation Centre auditorium.

Weir Minerals Multiflo, which has its Sunshine Coast base at Coolum, is part of The Weir Group which employs about 14,000 people worldwide in engineering, minerals processing and global mining sectors.

Managing Director Paul Avey, who will present the award tonight, said this was the first scholarship his company had undertaken with the University of the Sunshine Coast.

“Weir Minerals Multiflo is committed to supporting the local communities we work within,” he said. “We feel privileged to partner with USC on this particular scholarship and consider the University’s engineering program as an excellent foundation for training the engineers of tomorrow.”

The scholarship will be presented to one student each year from 2012 to 2014.

USC’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill said Weir Minerals Multiflo’s support had helped establish Mechanical Engineering at the University this year.

“It’s great to have a gift that celebrates the start of a new discipline at the University,” he said. “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.”

The other awards to be presented tonight are the Les and Mary Hall Family Scholarship, the Graham Tamblyn Scholarship, two GHD Scholarships, the L.E.W. Mosel Prize, the Mark and Susan Bradley Prize and the Laurie Cowled Women in Engineering Prize. The intimate ceremony will give award recipients a chance to meet and thank donors.

— Terry Walsh

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