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Prestigious Scholarship Awarded to Girls

Friday, 16 September 2011

Sophie Bolton and Emily Robinson, who have just started their A levels at Bolton School, have both been selected to receive a prestigious Arkwright Scholarship.

The girls were chosen in part due to their GCSE Design and Technology projects for which Sophie designed and built a retro style iPod dock and Emily a rocking horse. The girls successfully passed the Arkwright Aptitude Paper demonstrating flair and originality in solving Engineering Design problems before presenting their GCSE work to a panel of interviewers.

Only 300 scholarships were awarded from over 900 applicants from 256 schools. The Arkwright Trust was founded in 1990 and supports young people during their A levels by awarding £300 a year to assist with the purchase of materials and books. Sophie and Emily will also carry the status of 'Arkwright Scholar' into university. The School's Design and Technology department will receive £200 per year for the next two years too. Scholarships are supported by individuals, companies, institutions and the services. Major sponsors include BAe Systems PLC, Balfour Beatty Construction Northern, BT, the Royal Air Force and Royal Mail.

Sophie's sponsor is the RAF which she is especially delighted about as she hopes to go on to study Aeronautical Engineering, and throughout the sponsorship she will have the opportunity to undertake work placements with them. The scholarships will be formally presented at a ceremony hosted by The Institution of Engineering and Technology later in the year where Sophie will have the opportunity to meet her sponsor and other scholars.

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Sophie Bolton

Sophie produced a retro telephone design iPod dock

Emily Robinson

Emily designed and built a traditional rocking horse