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Sixth Formers Receive Bursary Boost

Published: 02 Dec 2017

FIVE talented sixth formers have been given the opportunity to fulfil their potential after securing prestigious scholarships funded by the RAF Charitable Trust (RAFCT).

The Fred Crawley Aerospace Engineering Education Bursary, which was established by the charity to honour a former RAFCT Trustee and long-term supporter of the Royal International Air Tattoo, is awarded annually to five sixth formers and administered by the Arkwright Scholarships Trust.

Mollie German, from Heswall in the Wirral; Kai Glassford, from Penrith in Cumbria and Joshua Baugh-Clark from Huntly in Aberdeenshire were awarded their scholarships at a ceremony held in Edinburgh recently whilst Jonty Parkin, from Chichester in West Sussex and Oliver Perkins from Gloucester, pictured, received theirs in London.

In total, 425 sixth form awards were made by the Arkwright Scholarships Trust this year that seek to encourage the most talented STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) students to continue towards a long and successful career in engineering.

The five RAFCT scholarships are specifically targeted at 17 and 18-year-olds with an interest in and an ability to pursue an aerospace engineering (or related) discipline or an aviation or RAF career, but whose family circumstances limit their ability to pursue their education. 

Each scholarship is valued at £12,000 and offers a wide range of enrichment experiences including conferences, engineering experience days, mentoring, residential courses and university VIP days.

RAFCT Director Justine Morton, who attended both the Edinburgh and London award ceremonies, said Trustees were keen to support initiatives that encourage young people to remain engaged with - and excited by - the STEM curriculum as they uncovered the subjects' exciting potential.

"We're here to make sure that the UK's most promising future aerospace engineers, pilots and technicians, as well as all those who will be employed in equally valuable associated trades, retain their enthusiasm and passion for these very important subjects."

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