WKGS student wins prestigious Arkwright Scholarship
An Arkwright Engineering Scholarship is the most prestigious scholarship of its type in the UK to inspire and nurture school-age students to be the country’s future leaders of the Engineering and Design Profession.
The Scholarships are awarded to high-calibre 16 year old students through a rigorous selection process and support students through the two years of their A levels qualification. After a rigorous assessment we are delighted to announce that Rhiannon Elliott has been awarded this prestigious award. She is one of only 100 students to be awarded the scholarship. Over 3000 (40% Females) students applied to the scholarship in 2017. The selection process involves sitting a two hour STEM examination paper, aptitude testing, practical application testing at Lancaster University and then a panel interview with a presentation about your GCSE Product Design portfolio.
Every Scholarship is sponsored by a commercial company, trade association, university, professional institution, armed service, government organisation, worshipful company or personal donor. This means that support is offered in various different ways, for example, valuable hands-on work experience, support for your curriculum project and a personal mentor who can help you with aspects of your studies and career planning. Previous West Kirby Grammar Scholars have received financial assistance at university and job opportunities.
As well as a variety of enrichment opportunities, Rhiannon will receive £300 per annum to assist with technical studies and wider experience of engineering and design. Rhiannon, Mr Young and her family will be invited to London in November to collect her scholarship and meet her personal mentor and sponsor.
The Design and Technology Department will receive £200 per annum to help with the teaching of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). The department will use the funds to invest in new electronic programming materials to support future engineering students and their projects.
Mr Young, Teacher i/c Product Design