Student wins prestigious engineering scholarship Monday 23 November 2015 General Sixth Form Student Aditya Tambe’s career aspirations have received a boost with the award of a prestigious engineering scholarship, and he credits his grandfather with inspiring him to pursue this path. Aditya, a lower sixth student at The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL), won a sought-after Arkwright Engineering Scholarship following a rigorous selection process, including a detailed application, teacher’s reference, and aptitude test and interview at Sheffield University. Asked at interview who had inspired him in engineering, Aditya had no hesitation in naming his grandfather, mechanical engineer Dileep Tambe. After graduating from Stamford University in the US, Dileep returned to India to start a long career with a machine tools company. Aditya hopes to follow in Dileep’s footsteps and will apply to study mechanical engineering at university. He believes the scholarship will go a long way towards helping him realise his ambition, saying: “It’s about so much more than the financial award – it’s about being able to say to engineering companies I have earned the scholarship. I will also have the opportunity of work experience thanks to my sponsor. My grandfather was so happy for me and kept congratulating me!” The Arkwright Engineering Scholarships support young people from across the UK who show potential to be industry’s future leaders in engineering. Each scholar is sponsored by a company, university, charitable trust or other organisation or individual, and Aditya’s sponsor is international packaging company DS Smith. Dr Martin Thomas, Chief Executive of the Arkwright Scholarships Trust said: “I have been hugely impressed by the creativity, technical skills and leadership prowess of the students receiving their scholarships this year. The country needs hundreds of thousands of new engineers to take the economy and society forward, and the Arkwright Engineering Scholarships are the first step on that road.” Aditya is pictured receiving his certificate from Dominic Drew of DS Smith.