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Two teenagers awarded prestigious engineering scholarship

Two students at Strathallan School in Perthshire, Scotland, have been offered Arkwright Engineering Scholarships 

The most prestigious scholarship of its type in the UK, it aims to inspire and nurture school-age pupils to be the country’s future leaders of the engineering profession. 

Charlotte and Cameron beat thousands of students nationally in a rigorous selection process to pick up the scholarships which recognise them as being amongst the brightest young talent for the future of Engineering. 

Craig Wiles, head of design technology at Strathallan said: “Both pupils have done incredibly well to secure a scholarship this year. Competition for the award is always so fierce, and the pupils had to go through three arduous stages of testing and interviews prior to being successful. Both pupils now have the opportunity to join a small group of pupils that are recognised nationally as being at the forefront of the next generation of Engineers.” 

Charlotte will be sponsored by BAE Systems and Cameron will be sponsored by the British Dam Society throughout their sixth form studies. 

When asked how it felt to receive the award, Charlotte said: “I feel very lucky, I knew there were a lot of people going for it, so to be chosen feels great. It will help so much with university and my career. As a girl, science and similar subjects aren’t often what you think you’d be promoted into as much so it’s cool to prove that engineering is not just for boys. 

“I’ve always been tinkering with outboard engines and fixing things with my dad, so I think I want to study mechanical engineering then specialise in marine engineering because I grew up around boats. My dad was in the Navy then the RNLI so I definitely share his love for all things sea-based, I can absolutely see myself working around boats by the sea and never getting bored by it.” 

Strathallan has a history of success with Arkwright Scholarship, last year Will Lauder won the award and he has gone on this year to study engineering at Edinburgh University. 

The previous year Robbie MacIsaac won the Scholarship and went onto win the National MTA Technology Design and Innovation Challenge. Robbie has gone on to study engineering at the University of Strathclyde whilst also setting up his own company, FLUX, to produce and sell his patented winning design. 

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