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Future Engineers Win Arkwright Scholarships

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Girls’ Division pupils Khadijah Ismail and Georgina Owen have been selected to receive prestigious Arkwright Scholarships as they begin their A Levels.

Arkwright Scholarships provide students who are planning a future in engineering with a £600 financial award to be used to enhance their A Level studies; they are awarded to those who have the potential to be future industry leaders in engineering and technical design.

The two girls, who recently received their GCSE results and will join Bolton School’s Sixth Form in September, applied for the Arkwright Scholarships during Year 11. They had to complete an application form, pass a two-hour aptitude test, and face an interview at a top engineering university. Each applicant also had to produce a project, which they then discussed in depth at their interview.

Georgina gained an A* grade in her Resistant Materials GCSE, and as part of her coursework created a decorative storage box with speakers. This was the project she submitted with her Arkwright Scholarship application. Khadijah created a set of speakers with pulsing LED lights.  However, as she has taken the sciences route into engineering and did not study Resistant Materials at GCSE, she created her project at lunchtimes using the facilities in the School’s Design and Technology Department.

Just as they have gained an interest in engineering from different subject areas, the pair are not planning to take the same path as they go on to A Level study. Khadijah will study Electronics at A Level, while Georgina will take Mathematics and Further Mathematics. However, both of their subject options will lead them into engineering in the future.

Georgina and Khadijah will attend the Arkwright awards ceremony in London in October. As well as receiving their Scholarship certificate, they will find out which organisation will be their sponsor for the next two years.

The Scholarship also opens up a range of activities to enrich their understanding and experience of engineering. The School will also receive £400 for each Scholarship awarded, with these funds used to boost the teaching of STEM subjects. Arkwright Scholarships are supported by both charitable donors and top engineering employers and organisations. These include Rolls-Royce, the Reece Foundation, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, The Royal Air Force, The Royal Navy, S.F.I.A Educational Trust, BAE Systems, National Grid, Thales, Balfour Beatty, the Dulverton Trust, and many more.

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Georgina and Khadijah with their projects

Georgina and Khadijah with their projects