Former Bishop's Stortford College pupil Stephanie Malyon has just been awarded a QUEST undergraduate Civil Engineering Scholarship sponsored by Morgan Sindall. QUEST offers scholarships to students studying an ICE (Institute of Civil Engineering) accredited degree in the UK. Stephanie will receive the invaluable benefit of paid placements in the summer and during her placement year, as well as a guaranteed job after her graduation.
Stephanie first heard about the possibility of scholarships through the Higher Education & Careers department at the College, she explains this ‘lead me to do some research into the different types that are available. This one in particular stood out to me as it meant I would have a guaranteed job after graduation, something that I feel is a crucial benefit.’ The QUEST scholarships are awarded on the basis of a commitment to civil engineering, academic ability, leadership skills, aptitude for teamwork, ambition, initiative, strength of character and determination. Tim Borton, Head of Sixth Form at the College, commented that Stephanie ‘absolutely deserves this success’ and he knows ‘she will make the most of this opportunity’.
As part of the process Stephanie chose 5 companies she was passionate about, and Morgan Sindall selected her to attend an interview. Stephanie explains, ‘I chose Morgan Sindall as they have such a wide range of projects all over the United Kingdom, but I was also especially drawn to their work on Crossrail.’ Of the 24 students Morgan Sindall interviewed, just 8 received scholarships. Although nervous, Stephanie felt ‘excited and well prepared having had a practice interview beforehand with the Head of Careers, Dr. Allcock.’
In addition to the benefits Stephanie will receive, as a scholar she is asked to participate in ICE activities that promote civil engineering and/or the scholarship. These activities offer scholars the opportunity to be ambassadors and encourage awareness and enthusiasm for civil engineering amongst young people.
Stephanie is now studying at the University of Bath and has ‘been getting involved in Engineers Without Borders (a student-led charity working in international development through engineering) and am very much enjoying my course.’
The College wishes Stephanie every success for her bright future.