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Congratulations to our Arkwright Scholars!

With three scholars, the RGS has the rare distinction of having what is considered a high number. 

Cameron Cole, Daniel Matthew and Torr Ramsden have each been awarded one of the prestigious scholarships following a rigorous selection process. With three scholars, the RGS has the rare distinction of having what is considered a high number.

Steve Robins, CEO of The Smallpeice Trust, said: "We are thrilled to announce the results of our 2022/23 Arkwright Engineering Scholarships. We are very proud of all the students who applied and congratulate all those who have been successfully awarded an engineering scholarship. The UK engineering industry is always seeking the support of new and inquisitive minds which - through exciting opportunities like Arkwright Engineering Scholarships and The Smallpeice Trust - can shape the future of the exciting world of engineering. Our scholarships continue to help give young people equal access to industry experiences and gain a real insight into what it takes to be an innovative engineer."

An Arkwright Scholarship is one of the most prestigious awards in the Engineering profession.  Only those who demonstrate an extremely high aptitude achieve it.  Overall, 1391 hard-working students applied to the 2023 programme, with 622 reaching the final interview stage and slightly less than 300 awards issued this year throughout England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. 

The scholarship comprises a competitive selection process from an online application, to the aptitude exam, culminating in a virtual interview. This comprehensive programme ensures to assess each students’ engineering knowledge, and key life skills, including leadership and creative thinking.

Part of the educational charity, The Smallpeice Trust, The Arkwright Engineering Scholarships is a fully sponsored programme, that serves to encourage young people from all backgrounds to pursue their dreams and change the world as a future leader in engineering. 

Recently celebrating its 30th anniversary, the scholarship programme supports young people through their A levels, Scottish Highers or equivalent qualifications, providing financial support, personal mentoring, hands-on industry experience and exclusive events to support their journey into engineering.

Every Scholarship is sponsored by a commercial company, trade association, university, professional institution, armed service, government organisation, worshipful company, charitable trust or personal donor. This means that support is offered in various different ways, for example, valuable hands-on work experience, support for your curriculum project and a personal mentor who can help you with aspects of your studies and career planning.

All successful scholars are awarded a nationally recognised Scholarship certification to enhance their university and apprenticeship applications, alongside a £600 financial bonus to support their studies. Schools of successful scholars receive a £400 donation per awarded Scholar at their school, which they can utilise for STEM events and resources to benefit students.