Glen awarded prestigious Arkwright Scholarship in memory of Colum Mc Nally
The Arkwright Scholarships Trust conducted its annual award of prestigious Scholarships to future leadersof the engineering profession on 27th October in Edinburgh.
St. Colman’s College staff and students were delighted to learn that Glen Fitzpatrick wassuccessful in achieving one of 425 highly prestigious Scholarships in recognition of his potential as a young engineer of the future.
Glen’s Arkwright Scholarship was presented in memory of Colum Mc Nally a courageous and inspirational former student at St. Colman’s College. Colum was one of the first College students to achieve an Arkwright Engineering Scholarship in 2013. As a younger pupil Colum always demonstrated a passion for Technology and Engineering. During his A level Design and Technology course Colum went on to win UK Young Engineer of the year in 2015.
Colum later pursued his love of engineering at Queens University Belfast despite very challenging personal circumstances.
Dr. Kevin Stenson CEO on behalf of the Arkwright Trust wished to acknowledge Colum with a Scholarship in his memory in recognition of his achievements and determination as an inspirational Arkwright Scholar.
Glen and many other students with a passion for engineering have striven to achieve a prestigious Arkwright scholarship en route to a career in engineering. Both Glen and his parents are delighted with his achievement.
Glen received his scholarship in Edinburgh at a ceremony supported by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, supported by Principal Awards Ceremony Sponsors, Arup.
Arkwright Engineering Scholarships act as a beacon to the most talented STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) students in UK schools and help to ensure that high-potential young people stay engaged in the engineering careers pipeline.
Dr. Kevin P. Stenson, Interim CEO of The Arkwright Scholarships Trust, and CEO of sister charity The Smallpeice Trust, said: “An impressive 1,594 students applied to be an Arkwright Engineering Scholar in 2017 and we are delighted to have been able to present a total of 425 students with invaluable scholarships. Each of this year’s scholars is incredibly talented and we hope that their Arkwright Engineering Scholarship will mark the first step in a long and successful career in engineering.
Scholars are selected for their potential as future engineering leaders by assessing their academic, practical and leadership skills in STEM.
These are gauged through a rigorous selection process comprising: an assessed application form including a teacher’s reference; a two-hour, problem-solving aptitude exam; and a university-based interview. The Scholarships support students through their sixth form studies and encourage them into top universities or higher apprenticeships.
The Scholarships consist of an annual financial award to each Scholar and to his/her school, and enrichment activities such as mentoring and industry visits that enhance a Scholar's experience of engineering in a real-world context. Arkwright Engineering Scholarships are highly regarded by university admission tutors and industry recruiters and are one of the most prestigious accolades that a talented sixth form student can receive.
Glen is pictured with Head of Technology and Design Mr Barton.