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The Arkwright Scholarships Trust has made its 2012 award of Scholarships for aspiring leaders in engineering. 335 A level Scholarships and 4 Undergraduate Scholarships were awarded – the largest ever annual number.

Scholars received their awards at prestigious ceremonies hosted by The Institution of Engineering and Technology in London on 26 October and Glasgow on 2 November. The Scholarships were awarded to the new scholars in London by Sir John Armitt FREng, Chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority and Dervilla Mitchell FREng, UKMEA Aviation Business Leader, Arup; and in Glasgow by Professor Peter Grant OBE, Emeritus Regius Professor of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh.

The Scholarships support students through their sixth form studies and encourage them into top universities and higher apprenticeship schemes. Scholars are selected following a rigorous process comprising: an assessed application form with teacher’s reference; a two-hour aptitude exam; and a university-based interview.

Arkwright Engineering Scholarships consist of an annual financial award to the scholar and to his/her school, and a range of enrichment activities, such as mentoring and industry visits, that enhance a scholar's experience of engineering in a real-world context. The Scholarships are highly regarded by universities and industry and help to create a pipeline of top talent into the engineering profession.

This year’s 335 A level scholars come from across the UK, from the west coast of Scotland to Jersey. 27 percent of the scholars are female.

The Scholarships are supported by an expanding group of companies, professional institutions, trade associations, the Armed Services, charitable trusts and personal donors.

Sir John Armitt said, “It has been my pleasure to present these Scholarships today to such a dynamic group of young people. The London 2012 facilities have reminded us all that engineering, often behind the scenes, touches all aspects of our lives. I am delighted that students of the calibre of these Arkwright Scholars are choosing to apply their talents into such a rewarding area of industry.”

This year’s successful RCF scholar is Daniel Saul and his sponsorship certificate was presented to him by RCF Trustee Barry Maxwell. Barry said, “I was most impressed with Daniel Saul. He has recently passed 6 A star GCSEs, 3As and 2Bs and is now going on to study Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Computing at A level. He has built and flown his own quadcopter system (see http://tinyurl.com/8lbxgh4 and http://tinyurl.com/9xwq65v for a video and construction photos). He is a member of the school apex high altitude balloon team and in a team he has designed and built electronic payloads that are launched on large meteorological balloons that transmit live sensor and GPS data back down using RTTY on the 70cm band (see http://gallery.apexhab.org for a selection of in flight photos). The team were finalists in the National Science and Engineering Competition this year. Daniel passed his Foundation licence this year.”

The Foundation’s sponsorship goes right to the heart of its strategy of encouraging young people and boosting technology. Arkwright is the largest scheme of its type in the UK. It is designed to inspire and nurture future leaders in engineering and related areas of design. The vision is that Arkwright Scholars will be in the vanguard of guiding the country to future economic prosperity through new engineering and design breakthroughs. The Foundation is proud to be part of that vision.

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