Caistor student Luke engineers school scholarship

Caistor Grammar School student Luke Thompson has been awarded a prestigious scholarship
Caistor Grammar School student Luke Thompson has been awarded a prestigious scholarship

A Caistor Grammar School student has been awarded a prestigious scholarship.

Sixteen-year-old Luke Thompson has received an Arkwright Engineering Scholarship at a ceremony in London, supported by the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the engineering company BAE Systems.

Luke was initially presented with his scholarship by Jonathan Firth, Director of Operations and Projects, Virgin Galactic, and met the organisation sponsoring his scholarship - The Dulverton Trust.

The Arkwright Engineering Scholarships support young people from across the UK who have the potential to be industry’s future leaders in engineering and technical design.

Luke underwent a rigorous selection process, comprising a detailed application form, a two-hour aptitude exam and an interview.

During his sixth-form studies Luke will receive £600 to support his technical courses and have access to a range of opportunities to learn more about engineering, such as mentoring and company visits.

“This year’s assessment process was extremely tough, said Dr Martin Thomas, Chief Executive of the Arkwright Scholarships Trust.

“Any secondary school can become affiliated to enter students and this year we had 1371 applicants competing for just 371 scholarships. Luke and all of our new scholars have absolutely phenomenal potential for future careers in the engineering profession.”