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TasPorts Charles Black Memorial Scholarship

The scholarship is named after a Master Mariner and the first State-wide Harbour Master, Captain Charles Black.

Captain Charles Black spent more than thirty years serving the Tasmanian maritime sector, making a significant and unparalleled contribution to the State’s ports. He arrived in Tasmania in 1981 to commence a role with the Australian Maritime College (AMC). From the AMC, he moved into roles in Bass Strait and the Timor Sea before settling into a position as a Marine Pilot at the Port of Bell Bay.

From his role as a Marine Pilot, Captain Charles Black became the Harbour Master and CEO of the Port of Launceston. Charles was appointed Tasmania’s first Harbour Master in 2006 following the amalgamation of the regional port authorities and the formation of TasPorts.

Charles generously shared his lifetime of knowledge and experience, continuing to advise TasPorts following his retirement in 2015 and right up until his death in late 2018.

About TasPorts:

TasPorts is a state-owned company responsible for eleven Tasmanian ports and the Devonport Airport. We are a vertically integrated organisation, providing a diverse range of port and marine operations and services around Tasmania. TasPorts proudly connects people, products and solutions for the benefit of all Tasmanians.

The TasPorts Charles Black Memorial Scholarship is available to a Tasmanian commencing their first year of an undergraduate degree at AMC.

The scholarship provides for $5,000 per year for up to four years



Available to a Tasmanian commencing the first year of an undergraduate degree at the Australian Maritime College (AMC) in Semester 1, 2023. Selection will be based on financial need, with consideration also given students who have to reside away from home in order to attend university. Female applicants are encouraged to apply. Applicants will also be assessed based on their leadership capability and academic results. Work experience with TasPorts may be available for the successful applicant.

On-going Eligibility

To retain this award, recipients are required to achieve a Credit (5.0/7.0) cumulative grade point average (CGPA) at the end of each semester, OR an Ungraded Pass (UP) in all units in the case of a seafaring/marine engineering degree.


$5,000 per year


Up to four years

Closing Date

28 February 2023


Apply online prior to closing date. Applications cannot be submitted after closing date. As applicants will be assessed on the quality of application, all questions should be answered in full. Please ensure care is taken with spelling and grammar.

Application status

Closed. Successful applicant/s advised.