engineering careers  Arkwright celebrate 30 Years of Engineering Scholarships
engineering careers  Arkwright celebrate 30 Years of Engineering Scholarships

Arkwright is celebrating 30 years of identifying, inspiring and nurturing the future leaders of engineering, computing and technical design.

The Scholarships programme started in 1991 to help bolster the profile of Design & Technology. The aim was to encourage high-ability 15-to-16-year-olds to consider careers in Engineering and Technical Design.

The scheme is also celebrating increased numbers of female scholars. In 2020, the Programme supported 296 scholars, with 45% of these being female, and 38% of a scholar from non-selective state schools.

Since then the Arkwright Engineering Scholarships programme has widened its focus across the whole spectrum of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in order to seek out the very best students who are potential future leaders of the Engineering Profession.

The programme was initially led from 1991 to 2001 by Mr Tony Pickering, a former Head Teacher of Pocklington School. In order to ensure the programme continued to develop following his retirement, Tony oversaw the transfer of the Arkwright Engineering Scholarships programme to The Smallpeice Trust in 2001. Since then Smallpeice has incorporated the Arkwright Scholarships Trust, an independent registered charity within The Smallpeice Trust Group of Charities, and has administered the scheme since 2018.

The Scholarship provides 16-year old students in the UK with a two-year fully sponsored programme of hands-on experience, professional mentorship and careers guidance across a range of specialisms, from aerospace to automotive engineering including a £600 personal financial award; £400 school financial award and a range of personal development opportunities, access to an Arkwright sponsor and mentoring.

Scholarship applicants are encouraged to show-off their enthusiasm and engineering knowledge in an online application process, with successful students being invited to interview at one of the country’s leading universities.

Every Scholarship is sponsored by a commercial company, trade association, university, professional institution, armed service, government organisation, worshipful company, charitable trust or personal donor.

‘Born to Engineer’ represents the outreach work of the ERA Foundation, and are proud to sponsor a number of Arkwright Scholars each year.

If you are interested in becoming an Arkwright Scholar you can apply through your school, or if your schools not partnered with Arkwright Engineering Scholarships you can ask your teacher to complete the free and simple to complete school partnership form.


Applications are now open for 2021 scholarships.

You can apply here until the 15th of January 2021.