TEWANTIN'S Rogan Anderson's designs on a fulfilling career as a mechanical engineer have received a boost.
The 18-year-old has been awarded the University of the Sunshine Coast's first scholarship valued at $9000 in a field that helps fill the gaping hole in Australia's jobs market.
This first-year student gratefully accepted the 2012 Weir Minerals Multiflo Scholarship in Engineering from Weir Minerals Multiflo Managing Director Paul Avey at USC's annual Engineering Awards Ceremony.
Rogan graduated from Noosa District State High School in 2011 with an OP 10.
The funding is the just the ticket for getting ahead in life as it will free his time to concentrate on his studies.
"It will relieve the pressure of having to pay for things like fuel and travel costs and will help pay for some of the technological equipment I need for certain subjects," he said.
Weir Minerals Multiflo is a multinational company, which has its Sunshine Coast base at Coolum. It is part of The Weir Group which employs about 14,000 people worldwide in engineering, minerals processing and global mining sectors.
Mr Avey congratulated Rogan on becoming the inaugural recipient of the scholarship, which will be presented to one USC student each year from 2012 to 2014.
"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."
Rogan is part of USC's intake for a four-year degree.
"I have always had an interest in cars and motorbikes, so I wanted to study anything involving mechanical systems," he said.
Among the other eight prizes winners were Olivia Goatham-Ryan of Peregian Springs (Graham Tamblyn Scholarship).