Trio receive praise from industry leader after securing Arkwright Scholarship
17th December 2018

Three aspiring engineers at Rydal Penrhos have received praise from a leading industry figure after securing a prestigious scholarship.

Arend Franssens, Ioan Peake-Jones and Prompt Utenpattanun, Year 12 pupils at Rydal Penrhos, all successfully came through a thorough assessment process and have been awarded Arkwright Engineering Scholarships to continue the exceptional work already done by the trio in their chosen field.

The scholarship is offered to UK pupils to pursue a career in engineering, computing and related areas of technical design.

All three have been paired with a sponsor, which is normally a business within the industry, and they will also attend a formal ceremony acknowledging their outstanding achievement at a later date.

Ioan and Arend attended a special awards ceremony at the Institute of Engineering and Technology in London to formally receive their scholarships earlier this year, which was supported by principal awards ceremony sponsors, the RAF.

The trio were handpicked from 1,600 hopefuls who applied for the scholarship in 2018 following a rigorous selection process, which assesses their academic, practical and leadership skills in engineering disciplines.

Dr Kevin P Stenson, chief executive of the Smallpeice Trust, the UK’s leading national STEM education charity that runs the scholarships programme, said: “This year has seen an incredibly talented group of young people become scholars. We hope that this is the first step towards a successful and rewarding career in engineering.

“We are also immensely proud to see a large number of girls taking part in the programme. It is vital to the future of the UK engineering industry that we nurture these talented individuals to fulfil their potential as future leaders.”

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