The "as pro engineering ltd. Arkwright Engineering Scholarship" | Supporting & Celebrating Exceptional Engineering Talent
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27th October 2023
In ceremonies held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) on 20 October and the Institute of Engineering and Technology in London on 27 October, over 300 of the UK's most promising young engineering students were honored with the prestigious Arkwright Engineering Scholarships Award. This significant milestone in their engineering journey marked a celebration of talent and diversity.
The 2023 Arkwright Engineering Scholarships received an overwhelming 1,391 applications, underscoring the keen interest among aspiring young engineers to secure a place in this renowned programme. This year, 328 successful candidates emerged from the highly-competitive pool, each identified as having the potential to become future leaders in engineering. Notably, 54% of the scholars were from state schools, showcasing a commitment to inclusivity and equal opportunity. Hand-picked for their extraordinary potential, 328 Scholars are set to receive financial support and invaluable mentoring throughout their A-Level or Scottish Advanced Higher qualifications. This initiative is a pivotal part of The Smallpeice Trust's overarching mission to nurture the future leaders of the engineering world.
Andrew Shedden, Director of as pro engineering ltd. and a former Arkwright scholar himself in 2003, had the honor of presenting "The AS PRO ENGINEERING LTD. Arkwright Engineering Scholarship" to Keshav Sheshadri of St. Olave's Grammar School. Keshav, who demonstrated exceptional engineering potential through the F1 in Schools programme, aspires to pursue a career as a Formula 1 Aerodynamicist.
Andrew Shedden shared his perspective on the significance of "paying the scholarship forward" after benefiting from the Arkwright programme in his career, stating, "The Arkwright programme played a pivotal role in shaping my career, and I'm delighted to have the opportunity, after 20 years, to support the next generation of UK engineering talent. Keshav represents the bright future of engineering talent we have here within the UK, and I'm excited to see the impact he'll make in the field."
Steve Robins, CEO of The Smallpeice Trust, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, "The Arkwright Engineering Scholarships are thrilled to announce these exceptional statistics for 2023. We are proud to continue fostering diversity and inclusivity within the engineering field, and these figures represent the dedication and talent of students from a wide range of backgrounds. We look forward to supporting and inspiring this new generation of engineers as they embark on their journey to shape the future."
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