Year 12 student, Ollie Bridge, has been awarded a coveted Arkwright Engineering Scholarship. The programme is administered by The Smallpeice Trust, the UK’s leading STEM Education Charity, and is the most prestigious scholarship scheme of its type in the UK. The scholars complete a rigorous selection process which assesses their academic, practical and leadership skills in engineering disciplines. The scholarships consist of an annual financial award to each scholar and to their school, together with enrichment activities such as mentoring and industry visits that enhance a scholar’s experience of engineering in a real-world context.
Talking of his success, Ollie explained: “I was surprised and excited to hear that I had been awarded an Arkwright Scholarship sponsored by the Scientific Instrument Makers. Although different this year, it was still a tough application process and involved interviews and an exam, including an exercise on problem solving.
“As an Arkwright scholar I get access to events and ‘connect days’ run by companies representing different sectors of the engineering industry as well as universities. I am looking forward to making the most out of this opportunity during the next couple of years.”
Andrew Rock, Teacher of Design Engineering and Arkwright Scholarship Coordinator at BMS said: “I am very pleased, once again, to be able to highlight the success of our students in achieving these scholarships, which encourage and support the country’s best students to pursue a career in engineering. Ollie’s award was richly deserved and in such a challenging year we are delighted that his engineering and leadership potential has been recognised.”