Arkwright accolade for aspiring engineer

Friday 14 September 2018

Aspiring engineer Patrick Tonge, a Year 12 student at The Grammar School at Leeds, has been recognised as a future leader in the profession with the award of a prestigious Arkwright Engineering Scholarship.

The Arkwright Engineering Scholarship scheme supports the most talented 16-year-old students studying STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects in UK schools, helping to ensure that promising young engineers stay engaged with that career path.

The rigorous selection process involved a detailed application form, a two-hour design exam and an in-depth interview at Northumbria University. Candidates had to present two design projects at interview, and Paddy’s LED lamp with some 3D printed components impressed the interview panel, and later his GCSE design technology examiners who awarded an A*.

As well as a financial award to put towards resources to help with their studies or engineering projects, each scholar is sponsored by a company, university, charitable trust or other organisation or individual, and Paddy’s sponsor is the energy company SSE.

Paddy has opted to study maths, physics, chemistry and design technology at A-level, and is hoping to study mechanical engineering at university before deciding which engineering sector to specialise in. He said: “The scholarship is a stamp to say you’re a future leader in engineering, which is awesome!

“I’m very happy, it will be a great addition to my personal statement as it’s recognised at universities nationally, and offers great opportunities in industry including mentoring from my sponsor.”

The award ceremonies for the Arkwright Scholarships will be held in London and Edinburgh in October.

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