The Perse School

Perse students receive prestigious engineering scholarships

12 Nov 2013

Five A Level students were recently awarded a prestigious Arkwright Engineering Scholarship at a ceremony in London, which was supported by the Institution of Engineering & Technology and the engineering company BAE Systems. Thomas Mullock, Aylwin Racher, Daniel Jackson, Thomas Kilcommons and Theo Ashcroft were presented with their Scholarship by Jonathan Firth, Director of Operations & Projects, Virgin Galactic and met the organisation that is sponsoring their Scholarship. All students look forward to building their relationship with their sponsor, this year being: Microsoft Research, Cambridge Consultants Limited, Roy Cuthbert, ERA Foundation and the Happold Trust.

The Arkwright Engineering Scholarships support young people from across the UK who have the potential to be industry’s future leaders in engineering and technical design. During their sixth form studies, Scholars receive £600 to support their technical courses and have access to a range of exciting opportunities to learn more about engineering, such as mentoring and company visits. The Scholars’ schools also receive £400 per Scholar.

Scholars are selected following a rigorous selection process, comprising a detailed application form, a two-hour aptitude exam and an interview hosted at a top engineering university.  The Chief Executive of the Arkwright Scholarships Trust, Dr Martin Thomas, commented: “This year’s assessment process was extremely tough. Any secondary school can become affiliated to enter students, and this year we had 1371 applicants competing for just 371 Scholarships. All of our new Scholars have absolutely phenomenal potential for future careers in the engineering profession. Congratulations to them all!”

The number of scholarships this year is a record for the Perse, which in addition to the two awarded last year for students still studying their A Levels, remains amongst the highest of any school in the country.  Keith Wilkin, Head of Design and Engineering Technology who oversees the scheme in school is currently working with students applying for scholarships next year and hopes to achieve similar success next year.

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