Queen’s University Belfast scholarship for Newry student

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The School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast has sponsored two Arkwright Scholarships for local sixth form students from Enniskillen and Newry. Sophie O’Dolan from Mount Lourdes Grammar School, Enniskillen and Ryan Rafferty from St Louis Grammar School, Newry were awarded the scholarships at the prestigious presentation ceremony which was held in London on Thursday 30th October. Professor Mark Price, Head of the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Queen’s said, “The Arkwright Scholarships are a fantastic opportunity to allow outstanding students to gain experience of the exciting world of engineering. “The future wellbeing of our economy depends on innovation and new ventures coming from this new generation of engineers and entrepreneurs. The Arkwright Scholarships provide a networking opportunity at a national level and so provide the best options for such talented students.” The Arkwright Scholarships Trust has made its largest ever award of Scholarships to future leaders in the engineering profession. 410 sixth form Scholarships have been awarded at Ceremonies in London and Glasgow. These Scholarships act as a beacon to the most talented school STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) students and help to ensure that high-potential young people stay engaged in the STEM careers pipeline. Dr Martin Thomas, Chief Executive of the Arkwright Scholarships Trust said: “Numerous learned reports have shown that the UK’s economic prosperity requires hundreds of thousands of new engineers and technical designers over the next few years. “But we must recognise that numbers, alone, will not ensure our country’s future economic success. We also need some of these new engineers and designers to be modern-day Sir Richard Arkwrights or James Dysons – outstanding technical leaders able to guide their country to engineering success. Arkwright Engineering Scholarships help to develop this pipeline of top talent into the engineering profession.” The Scholarships consist of an annual financial award to each Scholar and to his/her school, and a range of enrichment activities, such as mentoring and industry visits, that enhance a Scholar’s experience of engineering and technical design in a real-world context. Arkwright Engineering Scholarships are highly regarded by universities and industry and are one of the most prestigious accolades that a talented sixth form student can achieve.

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