Arkwright Scholarship buoys up aspiring marine engineer Tuesday 6 December 2016 General Sixth Form An aspiring marine engineer who made a toy digger for her design technology GCSE is aiming for bigger and better things after winning a prestigious engineering scholarship. Hannah Talbot, a Year 12 student at The Grammar School at Leeds, certainly had to dig deep to earn the Arkwright Engineering Scholarship. The rigorous selection process involved a detailed application form, a two-hour design exam and an in-depth interview at Lancaster University. The Arkwright Engineering Scholarships support the most talented STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) students in UK schools and help to ensure that high-potential young people stay engaged in the engineering careers pipeline. Each scholar is sponsored by a company, university, charitable trust or other organisation or individual, and Hannah’s sponsor is the Reece Foundation. Hannah is studying physics, mathematics, design technology and theatre studies at A-level and plans to study naval architecture at university. She said: “The scholarship is one of the highest accolades for an aspiring engineer so I’m over the moon to get it. The financial support will enable me to access software and journal subscriptions to support my studies, and the sponsorship provides contacts in industry and possible work opportunities after university.” The awarding body, Arkwright Scholarships Trust, has presented scholarships to 413 sixth form students this academic year. The scholars come from all educational backgrounds across England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and a growing number of British overseas schools. A record-equalling 29% of the new scholars are female. Dr Martin Thomas CEng FIET, Chief Executive of the Arkwright Scholarships Trust, said: “I have been hugely impressed by the creativity, technical skills and leadership prowess of the young men and women receiving their scholarships this year. “The country needs many thousands of new engineers to take the economy and society forward, including those who can become outstanding leaders within industry and academia. The Arkwright Engineering Scholarships are the first step on that road; congratulations to our 413 new scholars!” Hannah is pictured receiving her Arkwright scholarship certificate from Arkwright alumnus Daniel Rose at the London presentation ceremony.