Applications open for sugar scholarship

Posted October 23, 2015

Sugar scholarship

Pictured (L-R): Brendan Tabone and Sunshine Sugar’s Reliability and Planning Engineer Mark Campbell at Broadwater Mill.


A prestigious scholarship for the sugar processing industry is now open to applications.

The Sugar Research Institute Scholarship is awarded to four undergraduates each year studying engineering or science at an Australian university or tertiary institution.

Students in their penultimate year studying mechanical, chemical or electrical engineering with an interest in working in an Australian sugar mill will be in most demand for scholarship projects in 2016.

James Cook University mechanical engineering student Brendan Tabone was one of four scholars to be awarded the scholarship for 2015, and completed his first work placement at Sunshine Sugar’s Broadwater Sugar Mill.

The scholarship helped to bridge the gap between industry and students, said Mr Tabone.

“I have always had an interest in working within the sugar industry upon graduation of my course and into the future,” Mr Tabone said.

“The complexity of sugar mills means that as an engineer you will never stop learning and expanding your professional knowledge.”

Scholarship recipients undertake three work placements of four weeks in Australian sugar mills during crushing and maintenance seasons and also receive $7,500 plus wages and allowances.

Occupations for graduates in the sugar processing industry typically include maintenance planners, production superintendents, electrical engineers, factory managers, chief chemists and engineering managers.

Applications close 18 March 2016.

For more information contact Alison Clift on 07 5414 2505 or visit



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