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Jack Baxter Middleton Memorial Scholarship

Current student scholarship
Honouring a Queensland leader of the electrical contracting industry through supporting the next generation of innovators in electrical engineering.

Scholarship details

Study levels


Student type

Current students

Study area


Eligibility criteria

Academic performance


Australian or New Zealand

Application dates

Applications open
20 September 2018
Applications close
25 November 2018

What you'll receive

The successful recipient will receive up to $7,500 in annual instalments of $2,500 for up to a maximum of three years.


To be eligible for a Jack Baxter Middleton Memorial Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • be a current first year undergraduate domestic student who in 2019 will be enrolling in the second year of one of the Electrical Engineering courses listed below
  • have a grade point average (GPA) of 5.5 or above.

To be eligible for these scholarships you must be a domestic student entering your second year of full-time study in 2019 in one of the following courses:

  • EN01 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Electrical)
  • EN01 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Electrical and Aerospace)
  • EN01 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Computer and Software Systems)
  • EN01 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechatronics)

Students enrolled in one of the following double degrees are also eligible if in 2019 they will be entering the equivalent of their second year of an Engineering course majoring in one of: Electrical Engineering; Electrical and Aerospace Engineering; Computer and Software Systems Engineering; or Mechatronics Engineering.

  • IX59 Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)
  • SE60 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/Bachelor of Information Technology
  • SE40 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/Bachelor of Mathematics
  • SE80 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/Bachelor of Science

Students with prior experience in an electrical trade, VET sector qualification or relevant work experience, who also meet the above criteria, are encouraged to apply.

How to apply

Download, complete and submit the application form (DOCX file, 770.1 KB) by the close date, Sunday, 25 November, 2018.

What happens next?

Assessment will be based on a combination of academic achievement, demonstrated leadership skills and qualities, and demonstrated interest and aspirations in electrical engineering as a chosen profession.

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed in late January or early February, 2019.

The successful applicant will be notified in mid-February and will be required to:

  • attend a small awards ceremony with the Scholarship Donor family at a later date
  • provide a letter of thanks to the Scholarship Donor family
  • participate in an online news story about the scholarship
  • provide an annual report for scholarship donors documenting progress made through your degree.


Read the terms and conditions (PDF file, 151.1 KB) for this scholarship.

About the scholarship

Jack Baxter Middleton MBE was a distinguished leader of the electrical contracting industry in Australia.

By the time he retired in 1984, Jack and his father had, between them, provided more than 70 years of devoted service to the electrical trades.

In 1940 Jack commenced his five-year apprenticeship with Norman Bell & Co (later part of GEC and subsequently, O’Donnell Griffin) – at the time Jack’s father was an electrician with Hornibrooks.

In July 1945, Jack started his own business from ‘under the house’, and in 1946 he formed a partnership with Lionel Kennedy, who he had met whilst they were both completing their apprenticeships. The partnership between Jack and Lionel created one of the great names in the history of electrical contracting in Queensland – Kennedy and Middleton. Over 30 years the company grew to be a substantial force in Queensland’s electrical contracting industry.

Kennedy and Middleton transformed into a publicly listed company in 1977, trading on the Australian Stock Exchange as Kennedy and Middleton Industries Limited.

A 1979 merger with Barker and Taylor created Kennedy Taylor, a national contractor with multiple branches and manufacturing facilities in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. The company was a substantial employer and trainer of apprentices.

Jack retired from Kennedy Taylor in 1984 and, at a testimonial dinner arranged for him at the Brisbane Club in July of that year, he was honoured by his colleagues and peers for his lifelong contributions to the electrical trades industry. In the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 1986, Jack was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for his contribution to the electrical contracting industry.

Jack died in November 2013. At the event organised by Jack’s family to celebrate his life, a long retired electrician who Jack had nurtured as a young apprentice more than 50 years before, was heard to say, “Jack was a great mentor during my time as an apprentice, and he was the best boss I ever had”.

Jack had a strong commitment to education and the best possible training to the highest level available for the industry. The family of Jack Baxter Middleton MBE has established this scholarship in his name with QUT to honour his memory and his lifelong commitment to education and training, and to foster the education of future leaders of industries related to electrical engineering.

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Science and Engineering Faculty - Scholarships Officer

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