ECT Arkwright Scholars 2016 - engineeringThe UK’s future leaders in engineering were celebrated at the recent Arkwright Scholarships Trust awards – among them, five students funded by the Ernest Cook Trust.

Arkwright Engineering Scholarships are designed to attract the most talented STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) students into careers in engineering.

Each year, Arkwright Scholarships Trust awards the two-year scholarships to high-calibre Year 11 students with an interest in engineering, with funding to support them through their sixth form studies and to encourage them into top universities or higher apprenticeships. 

This year a total of 413 scholarships were awarded at ceremonies in London and Edinburgh. Ernest Cook Trustee Simon Eliot joined the ‘ECT Arkwright Scholars’ and proud parents for the London ceremony, at the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

The youngsters, pictured left to right with Mr Eliot, are: Alistair Johnson, Sherborne School, Dorset, William Chinn, St Katherine’s School, near Bristol, Lucy Down, Beechen Cliff School, Bath, Anna Parker, Kingswood School, Bath, and Jasper Farren, Kingsbridge Community College, Devon.

“These students are incredibly impressive,” said Simon Eliot. “Although the awards are for engineering, they have to show all-round interests and abilities. Their exam results are incomparable and they come from both the independent and state sectors.

“The awards scheme is excellent, not only for university applications, but on their CVs, especially if they want to be engineers. It’s a very good thing to have, and often it leads to work placements and work experience which can fire them up for future careers.”

ECT has supported 55 Arkwright Scholars since it began awarding grants to the scheme in 1998.

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