Prestigious awards for students

Neale-Wade students who have won an Arkwright scholarship
Neale-Wade students who have won an Arkwright scholarship

TWO Neale-Wade Community College students have been awarded highly prestigious scholarships to help them become top engineers of the future.

Digby Chappell and Russell Maguire have both received the highly-sought after Arkwright Engineering Scholarships that identify them as some of the country’s future leaders in engineering and related areas of design.

The renowned Arkwright Engineering Scholarships provide students with a £600 financial award to enhance their A-Level studies and a range of activities to enhance their understanding and experience of engineering.

The March school will also receive £400 for each scholarship that its students have been awarded.

The Scholarships are respected by leading universities and industrial companies and are supported by top engineering employers such as Rolls Royce, BT, BAE Systems, National Grid, Balfour Beatty, Microsoft Research, Thales, The Royal Air Force and The Royal Navy.

Digby and Russell had to successfully complete a rigorous selection process consisting of a detailed application form, a two hour aptitude paper and an interview hosted at a top engineering university.

The aptitude paper tested candidates’ flair and originality in solving engineering design problems. The interview was a grilling in which candidates had to discuss an engineering project they had conducted. During the interview day the candidates took part in a team exercise to solve a hands-on engineering problem working with students they had never met before. Candidates and their parents also toured the engineering facilities at the host university and explored the diversity of engineering and design careers and their importance to the UK economy.

The Scholarships will be formally presented at a ceremony hosted by The Institution of Engineering and Technology later this year.

Dr Martin Thomas, National Director of the Arkwright Scholarships Trust said: “I am delighted to see students from Neale Wade Community College secure this prestigious accolade. Clearly there is considerable technical talent in the Neale Wade area. With the competition for rewarding jobs becoming ever-more fierce, the receipt of an Arkwright Engineering Scholarship can help dynamic young people at the start of their journey to be the country’s future leaders in engineering and related areas of design.”