This Saturday I found myself at the RSGB’s National Radio Centre within Bletchley Park, former Second World War home of the Government Code and Cypher School (now GCHQ) for the third year running.
The outcome of my interview for the Arkwright Engineering Scholarship came through on 16 July – I was successful.
The scholarship gives a financial award of £600 to the scholar over the two years of sixth form and £400 to the scholar’s school, but I am more interested in the industry links and mentoring that will hopefully be available to me.
I do not yet know who my sponsor will be, but will find out in August…
Earlier this year I was made aware of the Arkwright Scholarships Trust, and their engineering scholarships which are available to those with an interest in the topic who intend to study mathematics at A-level. Unfortunately, I was only told about the scholarship three days before the deadline for applications, but nonetheless applied.
A few weeks later, with six others, I sat the aptitude exam, which consists of several interesting problems for which applicants are to design innovative solutions. I found it stimulating and not that challenging, though I was not sure whether I had done particularly well given that I study electronics instead of product design (and was hence unaware of finer details such as construction methods and materials).
Much to my relief, an email finally arrived on 3 March with the good news that I had been selected to progress through to the interview stage. This consists of a twenty-minute interview with two interviewers who have experience in engineering. Out of the seven from my school who had applied, three were successful.