Writhlington and Mendip Studio School students, Luke Nicholson and James Stewart, were among the top 400 students selected nationally for prestigious Arkwright Scholarships.
Scholars are selected for their potential as future engineering leaders, students are assessed in their academic, practical and leadership skills in STEM 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 with their applications to top universities.
Luke Nicholson explained, “The Arkwright Scholarship has opened up a whole wealth of opportunities for me. It has made me realise my potential and given me confidence that my future lies in engineering.”
James Stewart added, “I am delighted to have won an scholarship in engineering, from the Arkwright Foundation. I am sponsored by Thales, an engineering and cyber-security company based in France, they provide you with a mentor, who has a specialty in electronic engineering, the field I am keen to enter. Over the next twelve months I will be working with Thales and with a professor at Birmingham University for my summer work experience.
Hopefully this will help me to refine my engineering skills and prepare me for the future. I am keen to study engineering at a top American University before a career in engineering design.”
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 award ceremony was held at the Institute of Engineering and Technology in London and was great opportunity to meet a wealth of inspiring individuals.
Luke commented “I was able to converse with many other like minded scholars, developed a good relationship with my sponsor and gain inspiration from the some of the UK’s leading engineers.