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An Arkwright Engineering Scholarship is the most prestigious scholarship of its type in the UK to inspire and nurture school-age students to be the country’s future leaders of the Engineering Profession.
The Scholarships are awarded to high-calibre 16 year old students through a rigorous selection process and support students through the two years of their A levels, Scottish Advanced Highers or equivalent qualifications.
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.
At Arkwright we are looking for the ‘brightest and best’ students with the passion and determination to succeed in their future studies and career:
- You must have a strong desire to have a future career as a leader within the Engineering Profession (which includes computing and technical aspects of design)
- When you apply, you must be in the school year in which you will sit your GCSEs, Scottish National 5s, International Baccalaureate Standards, BTEC level 2s or equivalent exams
- You must intend to stay at school or sixth form college for two years to study A levels, BTEC level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma, Scottish Advanced Highers or the International Baccalaureate higher level.
- For the full eligibility criteria refer to Section 2, page 5 and 6, of the Arkwright Handbook.
How to Apply
Your school must be affiliated to the Arkwright Scholarships Trust before you can apply for a Scholarship. If your school is not affiliated ask your teacher to complete the school affiliation form. Affiliation is quick, simple and FREE.
You must apply during year 11 (England and Wales), S4 (Scotland), year 12 (Northern Ireland). The Scholarship will be awarded as you begin year 12 (England and Wales), S5 (Scotland), year 13 (Northern Ireland) to study subjects which will prepare you for a university degree or higher-level apprenticeship and career in Engineering, computing or technical design.
A £40.00 administration fee is payable, by April, for each student application. This helps to cover the cost of Arkwright’s rigorous selection process. This fee may be payable by the School or the applicant’s parents depending on local arrangements (which are beyond the control of the Arkwright Scholarships Trust). Teachers should decide how best the fee can be paid.
The selection process consists of five stages:
- Online student application, endorsed by a teacher – November to January More details
- Two-hour student aptitude exam – February More details
- If you pass stages 1 and 2 then: 20-minute interview hosted at a university – March to April More details
- If you meet the Arkwright Standard we will then attempt to match you to a sponsoring organisation which will enable us to award you an Arkwright Engineering Scholarship – May to August
- The Scholarship are awarded at prestigious Awards Ceremonies in London and Edinburgh – October More details
Note: An integral part of every application is to show your practical ability through technical project work you have done at school or home. See below for more details of:
All details of the application and award process can be found in Sections 4 and 5, pages 7 to 12, of the Arkwright Handbook.