King's Worcester

21 November

Lower Sixth Ben Wins the Arkwright Engineering Scholarship

The latest Arkwright Engineering Scholars have been announced!

Out of our two applicants this year, we have one who was successful in receiving the scholarship, Ben B (L6, Br). Once again the school’s Design and Technology department have showcased their talents with another student receiving an Arkwright Scholarship.

The Arkwright Engineering Scholarship is the most esteemed scholarship of its type in the UK, designed to inspire pupils to pursue their dreams and change the world as a future leader in engineering. The Scholarships are awarded to hard-working 16-year-old pupils through a rigorous selection process, supporting them through their A levels. The Arkwright Engineering Scholarship is a programme from national STEM education charity, The Smallpeice Trust, which has been providing scholarships for pupils since 1991.

Every Scholarship is sponsored by a commercial company, trade association, university, professional institution, armed service, government organisation, worshipful company, charitable trust or personal donor. This means that support is offered in various different ways; for example, it might be valuable hands-on work experience, support for a curriculum project or a personal mentor who can help with aspects of the pupils’ studies and career planning. In this instance, OV James Simpson, who is now a highly successful engineer and is leading some very exciting international projects, has contacted the Arkwright Foundation and has offered to fund a pupil from King’s, so James will fund Ben and be his mentor. As a mentor, James will provide advice and guidance about future study and career development, and even offer technical advice to help with Ben’s projects.

The scholarships include financial help, mentoring and exclusive events. Ben will receive £600 to use to support the purchase of components and materials to complete personal technical projects or enhance curriculum projects. The money can also be used to purchase textbooks, reference books, or to fund attendance on technical courses, summer courses or open days. Scholars have access to a wide variety of exclusive events run by partner companies, universities and trade associations, including Connect Days and Summer Schools. These events give Scholars a real insight into different sectors of industry and academia.

Congratulations to Ben!