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Arkwright TrustThe UK's future Engineering leaders were honoured on Thursday 2nd November, when Sixth Form student, Andrew Hale, received his Arkwright Engineering Scholarship Award and recognition for achievements in the STEM field...

The Arkwright Scholarships Trust conducted its annual award of prestigious Scholarships to future leaders of the engineering profession. From an impressive total number of 1594 applicants, 425 sixth form Scholarships have been awarded this year at Ceremonies in London and Edinburgh.

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. A record-equalling 29% of the new Scholars were female.

More about the Arkwright Trust Engineering Scholarship

The Scholarship is awarded to high-calibre students to support and encourage their pursuit of an Engineering, Computing or Technical Design pathway at university, or through a higher-level apprenticeship, ultimately leading to careers in the STEM field.

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 more than 200 different sponsoring organisations: commercial and industrial companies, industry regulators, Government organisations, universities, Professional Institutions, Trade Associations, Training Boards, Livery Companies, all three Armed Services, Charitable Trusts, personal donors and Schools.

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