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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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