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On Thursday 27th October, Matthew Torok and Stephen Workman attended a ceremony in London to receive Arkwright Scholarship Awards, recognising their potential to become future leaders of the engineering profession. Matthew’s award is being sponsored by Coventry University whilst Stephen’s is sponsored by the RAF.
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 ceremony was 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 by Eddie Alleyn, Chief Executive , Her Majesty’s Government Communications Centre. 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.
They join our previously successful Arkwright scholars Harry Buttle in Year 13 and Isabel MacArtney-Parker in Year 14 and have been busy encouraging Year 11 students who are beginning their applications and hope to become Arkwright scholars on entering the Sixth Form in 2017.