Prestigious national engineering scholarships awarded to Oundle pupils
15th October 2014

William Sly (16) and Omer Elmadbouh (16) from Oundle School have each been awarded a sought-after Arkwright Engineering Scholarship, identifying them amongst the country’s future leaders in engineering and technical design.


The renowned Arkwright Engineering Scholarships provide recipients with a £600 financial award to enhance their A level studies and a range of activities to enhance their understanding and experience of engineering. Oundle School will also receive £400 for each Scholarship awarded to one of its pupils.


The Scholarships are respected by leading universities and companies. They are supported by top engineering employers and organisations such as Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems, National Grid, Balfour Beatty, Microsoft Research, Thales, The Royal Air Force, The Royal Navy and the Institution of Engineering and Technology. The Scholarships are also funded by charitable donors including; principal donors The Reece Foundation, The Lloyd’s Register Foundation, the Gannochy Trust, the Dulverton Trust, the Emmott Foundation and S.F.I.A Educational Trust.


William and Omer had to complete a rigorous selection process consisting of a detailed application form, a two-hour aptitude exam and an interview hosted at a top engineering university.


The aptitude exam tested candidates’ flair and originality in solving engineering design problems. At the in-depth interview, candidates were asked about their career aspirations and had to discuss an engineering project they had conducted. During the interview day the candidates took part in a team exercise to solve a hands-on engineering problem working with students they had never met before. Candidates and their parents also toured the engineering facilities at the host university and explored the diversity of engineering and related design careers and their importance to the UK economy.


The Scholarships will be formally presented to the two Oundle pupils at a prestigious ceremony supported by The Institution of Engineering and Technology later in the year. 


Head of Design and Technology at Oundle School, Clive Humphreys commented, We are very proud of our Arkwright Scholars. An Arkwright Award helps open the gateway to an engineering career by putting the recipient in touch with sponsors and with everything that this collaboration can offer, giving them invaluable opportunities outside the classroom.”


Omer commented, “I am being sponsored by Sir William Lyons Charitable Trust which has links to the Jaguar motoring industry. I am studying Biology, Chemistry, Physics and an Extended Project Qualification course and have started to restore an old classic car. I am hoping to study automotive engineering at university.”


William commented, I have been sponsored by Caterpillar UK and am currently working on an aerodynamics based project using the School’s wind tunnel. This year I am studying Physics, Maths, Further Maths and Chemistry and I hope to study Chemical or Mechanical engineering at university.”


Dr Martin Thomas, Chief Executive of the Arkwright Scholarships Trust said, “I am delighted to see pupils from Oundle School secure this prestigious accolade. Clearly, there is considerable technical talent at the School. With the competition for rewarding jobs becoming ever-more fierce, the receipt of an Arkwright Engineering Scholarship can help dynamic young people at the start of their journey to be the country’s future leaders in engineering and technical design.”


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