Stratford-upon-Avon may be famous for Shakespeare and the arts but one female student has bolstered its reputation for STEM.
Jessica Greenwood, a Year 12 student at Stratford Girls' Grammar School has been selected out of more than 1,200 entrants to receive an Arkwright Engineering scholarship.
She receives a £600 grant, a personal sponsor, a professional mentor while the school will benefit with £400 for investment in their design and technology department
Due to COVID-19 restrictions Jessicawas presented with her Arkwright Engineering Scholarship Certificate and badge at school.
On winning the scholarship, she said, “I am hoping to go into science or engineering in the future, as my interests vary from AI and computer science to sustainability in the automotive industry.
“It means a lot to have won this prestigious scholarship because I am passionate about encouraging younger people, especially girls, into engineering and STEM.”
Run by registered charity The Smallpeice Trust it has assisted opportunities to young people in the UK for almost 30 years, with each scholarship sponsored and providing support ranging from hands-on work experience, to curriculum project support and personal mentors to aid studies and future career planning.
The awards are open to students studying any combination of STEM GCSEs, Scottish National 5’s or equivalent and who have a genuine interest in a future career in engineering, computing, or technical design. Thousands of students compete for a place on one of the scholarships available every year by submitting work and taking a two-hour aptitude exam, then if shortlisted, taking part in an interview hosted at a university.
The school’s head of design and technology Luke Price said: “Jessica has always demonstrated a real drive and determination to deepen her knowledge and experience in the field of Design and Engineering and is a real ambassador for STEM at our school, so for her to be awarded an Arkwright Engineering Scholarship is hugely exciting.
This recognition is well deserved; she is an exceptionally talented student who has a very bright future in a STEM career. At a time where good news is a premium, it was wonderful to hear of her success.”