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Pupil awarded Arkwright scholarship

Another student from Kings Priory School in Tynemouth has been awarded an Arkwright engineering scholarships.

The accolade, which comes from the Arkwright Trust, is the most prestigious scholarship scheme of its type in the UK.

They are designed to support students through their A Levels and encourage them to pursue Engineering or technical design at university or through a higher-level apprenticeship and to take up careers in the field.

Current Year 12 student Caleb Shepherd has been awarded one of the Arkwright scholarships following a rigorous selection process designed to test high calibre students. The process included planning a project to demonstrate technical ability.

The Arkwright is a nationally-recognised Scholarship which carries a £600 personal financial award for the recipient, as well as the opportunity for personal development, extensive support including industry-based engineering experience days and the opportunity to network with like-minded students at VIP receptions held at universities.

Every scholarship is sponsored by industrial companies, universities, charitable trusts, trade associations, professional engineering institutions and more.

Caleb’s personal project involved designing layouts for oil rigs in the North Sea, working with The Wood Group in Aberdeen. He is being sponsored by The Sir James Knott Trust.

This year’s award follows two previous Arkwright Scholarship awards last year to Sixth Form students Katie Ramsay and Esmai Jonczyk-Brown

Esmai, whose personal project was designed around her passion for hockey, was sponsored by engineer Stefano Ceci and Katie, who designed a house doorbell that sends text alerts to your mobile phone, was sponsored by diesel engine manufacturer Cummins UK.

On receiving the award, Esmai said: “I feel extremely privileged.”

“It is a great honour to do something like this. It will help me so much in my future career.”

The application process for 2017 is now open. Teachers can nominate students by 19 December and nominated students must then send completed applications back to their teacher by 12 January 2017.

After that teachers submit completed applications to Arkwright a week later and the student sits an aptitude exam in early February.

Interviews with candidates will then be held between mid-March and mid-April.

Please note that there is a £40 application fee to take part.

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