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    National Engineering Scholarship for Naomi

    Naomi Daniels-Holgate has been awarded an Arkwright Engineering Scholarship that identifies her as one of the country’s future leaders in engineering and technical design.

    Kimbolton School Arkwright Engineering Scholarship Winner 2015Lower Sixth Form student Naomi Daniels-Holgate has been awarded a sought-after Arkwright Engineering Scholarship that identifies her as one of the country’s future leaders in engineering and technical design.

    One of a record 1559 applicants for 396 scholarships, Naomi underwent a rigorous selection process,  including a two-hour Arkwright Aptitude Paper which tested candidates’ flair and originality in solving engineering design problems. She also had to present her GCSE Design Technology work during an interview at Loughborough University.

    On hearing of her award, Naomi, 16, said, “The scholarship will give me many exciting opportunities to learn more about engineering through work experience and mentoring, as well as company and university visits. These will all help me to make an informed decision on my future university and career choices.”

    Mr Kevin Spencer, Head of Design Technology & Engineering, said: “Naomi thoroughly deserves this prestigious accolade and will be sponsored for the duration of her scholarship by the Rolton Engineering Group. She is the ninth of our school’s Arkwright scholars and follows in the footsteps of her brother, Joshua, who received his award in 2013.”

    The renowned Arkwright Engineering Scholarship provides each student with a £600 financial award to enhance their A Level studies and a range of activities to increase their understanding and experience of engineering. The DTE Department will also receive £400.

    The Scholarships are respected by leading universities and companies and are supported by top engineering employers and organisations such as Rolls-Royce, The Engineering Construction Industry Training Board, The Royal Air Force, The Royal Navy and the Institution of Engineering and Technology. The Scholarships are also funded by charitable donors including The Reece Foundation, The Lloyd’s Register Foundation, the Gannochy Trust, the Dulverton Trust, the Emmott Foundation and S.F.I.A Educational Trust.

    Naomi is currently studying Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Design Technology at A Level. Her Scholarship will be formally presented at a ceremony supported by The Institution of Engineering and Technology later this month.

    Dr Martin Thomas, Chief Executive of the Arkwright Scholarships Trust said: “The Arkwright Engineering Scholarships are highly sought after by students and respected by university admission tutors and industry recruiters. It is fantastic to see a student from Kimbolton School perform so well on the national stage and to achieve a Scholarship. I look forward to meeting Naomi at our national Awards Ceremony in late October, when the Scholarships are officially conferred.”