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Bethany Receives Prestigious Arkwright Scholarship at Award Ceremony

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Bethany O’Donnell was one of the four Bolton School students who applied for sought-after Arkwright Engineering Scholarships this year, all of whom have been successful! They recently attended a ceremony in London, supported by the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, where they were formally awarded the Scholarship.

Bethany travelled down to London to accept her award alongside Boys’ Division pupils Chris Battarbee, Alex Seed and Niall Woodward. They were accompanied by Mr C Walker, Head of Technology in the Boys’ Division.

The students were presented with their Arkwright Scholarships by Principal Guest Dr Stephen Payne OBE, FREng designer of the Queen Mary 2 ocean liner. They also met representatives from the organisations that will be sponsoring their Scholarships for the next two years. Bethany is sponsored by the University of Liverpool and had the opportunity to talk to Dr Waleed Al-Nuaimy, the Head of Admissions for the Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics. The Boys’ Division pupils are sponsored by MathWorks, the NSG Group / Pilkington Group Limited, and the Institute of Electronics.

Arkwright Engineering Scholarships support young people from across the UK who have the potential to be industry’s future leaders in engineering and technical design. During their Sixth Form studies, Scholars receive £600 to support their technical courses and have access to a range of exciting opportunities to learn more about engineering, such as mentoring and company visits. Schools also receive £400 per Scholarship awarded to their students.

Scholars are selected following a rigorous selection process comprising a detailed application form supported by a teacher’s reference, a two-hour aptitude exam, and an interview hosted at a top engineering university. From a pool of 25,000 eligible students, this year teachers endorsed the applications of 1430 students. 410 Scholarships were eventually awarded.

Dr Martin Thomas, Chief Executive of the Arkwright Scholarships Trust said, “Numerous reports have shown that the UK’s economic prosperity requires hundreds of thousands of new engineers and technical designers over the next few years. But numbers, alone, will not ensure our country’s future economic success. We also need some of these new engineers and designers to be modern-day Sir Richard Arkwrights or James Dysons – outstanding technical leaders able to guide our country to engineering success. Arkwright Engineering Scholarships help to develop this pipeline of top talent. The Bolton School pupils and all of our new Scholars have passed an extremely tough assessment process and they have phenomenal potential as future leaders in the engineering profession.”

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Dr Waleed Al-Nuaimy of the University of Liverpool presents Bethany with her certificate

Dr Waleed Al-Nuaimy of the University of Liverpool presents Bethany with her certificate

Bethany with the birdhouse project that helped win her the Arkwright Scholarship

Bethany with the birdhouse project that helped win her the Arkwright Scholarship