November 30, 2012, by Fraser

University awards two year 11 pupils an engineering scholarship

The University’s Faculty of Engineering is for the first time sponsoring two year 11 students as part of the Arkwright Engineering Scholarships programme. These 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.

Introducing the scholars…

The University’s two scholars are 17-year-old Daniel Judkowski and 16-year-old Matthew Beresford.

Daniel is committed to a career in engineering – and that’s why he decided to apply for the programme.

He said: “I decided to apply because I knew that there was a good chance that I would end up doing engineering at university. I felt that extra information and activities undertaken through the scholarship would enable me to make more informed decisions about exactly which area I might want to go into.

“I am most looking forward to the extra activities and advice that I will now be able to access, because I feel that these are going to be the most useful to me, and any work experience that I manage to get alongside of these will be a bonus. As I am sponsored by you as a university, I am particularly looking forward to being able to visit, since I am coming up to the stage where I need to begin looking at which courses and universities I would like to apply to.”

Working with the Faculty of Engineering

Matthew, from Cockermouth in Cumbria, is also excited about the opportunities his involvement with Nottingham’s Faculty of Engineering will bring.

He said: ”I am looking forward to visiting The University of Nottingham to learn more about the engineering department and the application process. I think the networking with the alumni is an excellent prospect as I will be able to learn about their experiences from them.

“What I like about engineering is to be able to have a problem and solve it by making things. I enjoy this creative side but also the technical side as I am fascinated by how things work. I like how wide and varied the subject is, with many options for career paths.”

More about the scholarships

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.

The Arkwright Scholarships Trust is a charitable organisation that identifies, inspires and nurtures future leaders in engineering and related areas of design.

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