Luke Garland (L6) from Prior Park College was awarded a sought-after Arkwright Engineering Scholarship recently at a ceremony in London. 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, in the critical 16 to 18 age range.
The new Arkwright Engineering Scholars received their Awards at Ceremonies supported by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and themed around the Built Environment, supported by Principal Awards Ceremony Sponsors, Arup. 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.
Luke was presented with his Arkwright Scholarship by Principal Guest John Turzynski, Director or Arup. Luke also met the organisation that is sponsoring his Scholarship for the next two years – Altran Engineering.
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. From a pool of 30,000 eligible students, this year teachers endorsed the applications of 1594 students. 424 Scholarships were eventually awarded.
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.
Congratulations to Luke and all the new Scholars!