29 November 2019

Eight prestigious national scholarships awarded to next generation of young engineers.

Four lower sixth formers, Greg Lister, James Gibson, Will Shorrocks and Matthew Jones have been awarded Arkwright Scholarships bringing the total number of Arkwright Scholars in this year’s Sixth Form to eight – a school record.

The Arkwright Engineering Scholarships is a programme from national STEM education charity, the Smallpeice Trust, which aims to inspire future leaders in engineering and has been providing scholarships to students since 1991.

This year more than 1,370 students aged between 15 and 16 years applied for the scholarships, following nominations from their schools. 415 were successful and will receive financial and mentoring support through their A-Levels and Scottish Advanced Higher qualifications. The Scholars were honoured at ceremonies in London and Edinburgh with the four members of the Abingdon Lower Sixth collecting their scholarships at the Institute of Engineering and Technology in London.

Attending the ceremony in London was Headmaster, Michael Windsor.

He said, “These are the most prestigious scholarship of their type in the UK, inspiring and nurturing school-age students to be the country’s future leaders of the engineering profession. I’d like to congratulate all of the students receiving their scholarships, it is a very impressive achievement.”

Abingdon School also sponsors an Arkwright Scholarship which this year went to a lower sixth form student at Wycombe High School.

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