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Awards Help Secure Bright Engineering Futures

Published: 16 Nov 2016

Five school pupils from across the UK have been awarded RAF Charitable Trust sponsored bursaries that are designed to encourage them towards a career in aerospace engineering.

Christopher Light, Callum Henderson, Abhishek Cherukara, Gabriel Littler and Joshua Rodgers have each been awarded a prestigious Trust-sponsored Arkwright Scholarship that seeks to inspire, nurture and support them through their A levels and encourage them to pursue engineering at higher education.

The five young engineers, who have been recognised for their hard work and outstanding commitment to the industry, each received £1,000 of funding towards courses, travel, expenses and enrichment activities, alongside a three-day RAF course and the opportunity for behind the scenes visits to the Royal International Air Tattoo and Scampton Air Show.

RAFCT Trustee Ian Beresford presented the youngsters with their awards at a special ceremony in London recently. He said: "It was a pleasure to meet our scholars and their parents, who were delighted with the opportunity and support the Trust is providing through the Arkwright scheme. 

"I felt energized and enthused having met five young people who demonstrated a genuine passion for engineering and aviation. Their desire to learn and develop their engineering knowledge and experience was clearly evident and I was amazed with some of the things they are already doing of their own volition.

"As an example, one of the boys is building his own jet engine in the garden shed! His parents, who are music teachers, clearly didn't understand exactly what he was up to at the bottom of the garden, but in conversation with him he demonstrated a sound understanding of aero-engine design. Another has built his own model aircraft from scratch, including writing his own control software. So all-in-all a very encouraging and inspiration group of young people."

The RAFCT sponsored Arkwright Scholarship bursaries were established this year in memory of former Trust Chairman Fred Crawley whose association with the Royal International Air Tattoo and its associated charities, stretched back over three decades. 

“It was an epic spectacle, as magical as anything you've ever seen in the West End, and as loud as anything you've ever heard at Knebworth.”

Jeremy Clarkson, Television Presenter

“All the thrills, excitement and noise of a Grand Prix, but in the air!”

Jenson Button, Former Formula 1 Racing Driver

“Probably the most complete air show I’ve ever been to!”

Al Worden, Apollo 15 Astronaut

“This is THE best airshow!”

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

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