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Prestigious Scholarships Awarded to Girls

Friday, 24 August 2012

Tejal Shanbhag, Lucy Croston and Jennifer Heyes, who are just starting their A levels at Bolton School, have all been selected to receive prestigious Arkwright Scholarship Awards.

Arkwright Scholarships support students aiming for an engineering career, and the girls were selected in part due to individual projects which they designed and built. Jennifer, who got an A* in GCSE Resistant Materials, made a 3D snakes and ladders game that is flat pack. She manufactured the game out of plywood and acrylic plastic and cut the pieces using computer software and the laser cutter. Tejal’s interest in an Engineering career stems from her work in Physics and Maths, both of which she gained an A* in at GCSE. She made a wind turbine and experimented with different blade shapes to increase efficiency.  Lucy who got an A grade in her Resistant Materials GCSE produced a large doll's house which converts into a tastefully designed book store as the child grows older.

The girls successfully passed the Arkwright Aptitude Paper demonstrating flair and originality in solving Engineering Design problems before presenting their projects to a panel of interviewers. 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. All the students 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.

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Tejal Shanbhag, Lucy Croston and Jennifer Heyes

Jennifer, Lucy and Tejal with their products that helped to win them Arkwright Scholarships