Year 12 Student, Trent Dews, has been awarded the Arkwright Engineering Scholarship.
The Arkwright Engineering award is the most prestigious scholarship of its type in the UK and aims to inspire and nurture students to be the country’s future leaders of the engineering profession.
Put forward by Design and Technology teacher Mr Vittle, Trent had to submit an application and take an exam before going through a selection process that included 40 other Cornish student applicants.
Mr Vittle commented, “There are very few students that get to become an Arkwright Engineer Scholar and Trent is now amongst the very elite few. He is also only the second Newquay Tretherras student to gain this award.”
Over the next two years Trent will have a grant to invest in an engineering project and access to former Arkwright Engineers to support and guide him. The Alumni of national business leaders and industry professionals will be able to offer Trent educational visits and work placements to help him develop his engineering knowledge.
Trent who is studying A-Level Maths, Physics and Biology is now waiting to be assigned a sponsor, which will help him approach the Royal Navy for support with his project.
Talking about his project, Trent explained, “I am looking to develop the Green Power Car project in school, in particular, to look at ways of collecting live data from the vehicle which will enable us to improve its performance.”
Trent has strong ambitions to pursue a career in engineering and added, “I hope that the scholarship will strengthen my university application and help me pursue a career in the Aero Space industry.”
Trent was presented his award in school by Executive Headteacher Mrs S Fairbairn and Design & Technology teacher Mr P Vittle, pictured in the photograph.