Two Oundle pupils have been awarded Arkwright Engineering Scholarships by the STEM education charity, The Smallpeice Trust. Henrietta (N) and Monty (L) were selected following an assessment which looked at their academic, practical and leadership skills in STEM through an examination and interview process that spanned two terms last year.

The Awards were presented in October at a ceremony at the Institution of Engineering and Technology in London. Scholars received a financial award for the purchase of materials to complete a personal technical project or enhance curriculum projects. Successful applicants were also matched to a sponsoring organisation that can offer support with valuable hands-on experience, support for a curriculum project and a personal mentor who can help with studies and career planning.

Henrietta’s scholarship is sponsored by the Rochester Bridge Trust. She is interested in structural and architectural engineering, particularly the engineering that underpins ambitious modern buildings, and the engineering and design that will help us move towards a greener future.

Monty is interested in aeronautical and motorsport engineering. He recently had a summer job at Valour Racing, the newly crowned Radical World Champions in the Platinum and Pro 1500 classes. He is using a portion of the scholarship money to pay for the build costs of an aerodynamic project that will be assembled in the Patrick Engineering Centre. In January he plans to join the School’s Greenpower electric racer project which aims to go to Silverstone to race. His scholarship is sponsored by TWI Ltd.

The Arkwright Engineering Scholarships programme is the most prestigious scholarship scheme of its type in the UK. The aim is to identify, inspire and nurture school-age pupils to be the country’s future leaders in engineering, computing and technical design.