Arkwright Engineering Scholarship
The UK’s future leaders in Engineering honoured
The Arkwright Scholarships Trust has conducted its annual award of prestigious Scholarships to future leaders of the engineering profession. 413 sixth form Scholarships are being awarded this year at Ceremonies in London and Edinburgh.
The Arkwright Engineering Scholarships act as a beacon to the most talented STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) students in UK schools and help to ensure that high-potential young people stay engaged in the engineering careers pipeline.
The new Arkwright Engineering Scholars received their awards at Ceremonies supported by the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Cyber Security Industry, spearheaded by Principal Sponsors GCHQ and supported by Gold Sponsors Thales Cyber and Consulting and HMGCC. This year’s Scholars come from all educational backgrounds across England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and a growing number of British Overseas Schools. A record-equalling 29% of the new Scholars were female.
The Scholarships were awarded to each new Scholar by Principal Guest:
- Thursday 27th October - Eddie Alleyn, Chief Executive , Her Majesty’s Government Communications Centre
- Morning, Friday 29th October - Robert Hannigan, Director, GCHQ
- Afternoon, Friday 29th October, Ciaran Martin, Chief Executive Officer, National Cyber Security Centre
Dr Martin Thomas CEng FIET, Chief Executive of the Arkwright Scholarships Trust said: “I have been hugely impressed by the creativity, technical skills and leadership prowess of the young men and women receiving their Scholarships this year. It is well-documented that the country needs 100,000s of new engineers to take the economy and society forward. But some of these newly-trained people need to also act as outstanding leadership beacons within industry and academia. The Arkwright Engineering Scholarships are the first step on that road to achieving such a vital position within UK engineering. Congratulations to our 413 new Scholars!”
Robert Hannigan, the Director of GCHQ said: “Congratulations to all this year's new Arkwright Scholars. I was delighted to meet such a vast pool of young talent: our future leaders in engineering, computing and technology. We need their innovation and invention to meet the cyber security challenge, helping to keep the UK a safe place to live and work online.”
Scholars are selected for their potential as future engineering leaders by assessing their academic, practical and leadership skills in STEM. These are gauged through a rigorous selection process comprising: an assessed application form including a teacher’s reference; a two-hour, problem-solving aptitude exam; and a university-based interview. The Scholarships support students through their sixth form studies and encourage them into top universities or higher apprenticeships.
The Scholarships consist of an annual financial award to each Scholar and to his/her school, and enrichment activities such as mentoring and industry visits that enhance a Scholar's experience of engineering in a real-world context. Arkwright Engineering Scholarships are highly regarded by university admission tutors and industry recruiters and are one of the most prestigious accolades that a talented sixth form student can receive.
The Scholarships are supported by nearly 200 different sponsoring organisations: commercial and industrial companies, industry regulators, Government universities, professional institutions, trade associations, training boards, Worshipful Companies, all three armed services, charitable trusts, personal donors and schools.
Two undergraduate Scholarships, each of £12,000 in value, were also awarded at the Ceremonies generously funded by The Reece Foundation.
About the Arkwright Scholarships Trust
The Arkwright Scholarships Trust is an independent charity that identifies, inspires and nurtures future leaders in engineering and technical (as opposed to aesthetic) design.
Arkwright tackles its aim by awarding Engineering Scholarships through rigorous selection to high-calibre students from all educational backgrounds to support them through their 'A' levels and Scottish Advanced Highers.
Since 1991, Arkwright has awarded 4567 Engineering Scholarships.
Arkwright also awards a small number of Undergraduate Scholarships each year, available exclusively to existing Arkwright ‘A’ level Scholars.
The final 2016 Awards Ceremony will take place on 11th November in Edinburgh at which the final 76 Scholarships will be awarded.