First recipients of new Diamond Jubilee Scholarships announced.
The IET has awarded £2 million in scholarships to the brightest and best upcoming engineering talent, through its new Diamond Jubilee Scholarships programme.
This is the first time the scholarships have been awarded, with the aim of encouraging bright students to consider engineering and technology study and careers.
Five hundred and forty of the UK’s top students starting an engineering degree at 27 UK based universities this year will receive £1,000 per year during their studies, up to a maximum of £3,000 for Bachelors students and £4,000 for MEng students.
Professor Andy Hopper, president of the IET, said: “With demand for more than two million engineers over the next few decades, it has never been more important to encourage young people to study engineering so that they are able to follow rewarding careers and, ultimately, protect the UK’s economic prosperity.
“This is the first year we’ve run this programme and we really hope that as more people hear about the scholarship, more will be encouraged to think about studying engineering. Engineering is a varied, exciting and interesting career choice.”
The programme was open to all UK students who achieved three As at A Level, three A grade Advanced Highers, five A grade Highers or an International Baccalaureate Diploma at 36 points or above, and who have been accepted to join an IET accredited engineering or technology degree course this year.
The IET received 1,144 applications, of which 540 were successful in meeting the criteria.
The 2013 winners are the first cohort who, it is hoped, will go on to become mentors to the 2014 Diamond Scholars, as this will be an annual award.
For more information on the Diamond Jubilee Scholarships and the rest of the IET’s annual awards programme, please visit the Awards and scholarships page of the website.