9th November 2020 — An Exeter School pupil has been awarded a sought-after Arkwright Benefactor Engineering Scholarship that identifies him as one of the country’s future leaders in engineering.
Lower Sixth Former Chris Hemmings is the eleventh pupil in thirteen years to receive the prestigious scholarship, following in the footsteps of nine alumni and one current pupil.
These renowned scholarships provide pupils with a £600 financial award to enhance their A Level studies and a range of activities to increase their understanding and experience of engineering. Exeter School also receives £400 funding for each Scholarship awarded, which can be send on equipment, materials or teacher training to enhance the delivery of STEM subjects.
Chris was chosen for one of this year’s awards after completing a rigorous selection process which included a detailed application form, a two-hour aptitude exam and an interview hosted at a top engineering university.
Chris said he was thrilled to have been awarded an Arkwright scholarship and looked forward to the opportunities to develop his interests and learning in electronics through the courses and sponsorship they provide.
“I have always really enjoyed the practical aspect of studying DT and Electronics at school. I have also enjoyed the extra-curricular STEM clubs on offer such as F1 in Schools, Greenpower and Electronics club which have allowed me to explore and further my interests in electronics and engineering.
“After A levels I would like to continue studying electronics to become an electronic engineer. I would like to have a career designing and prototyping circuits for products on the consumer market.”
Head of design technology Martin Rose said he was very pleased for Chris.
“Chris has always got involved with any extra STEM opportunities within design and technology, he said.
“He competed with F1 in Schools a number of times, and been invited to the national finals, has been a key member of the Greenpower Club, and is also very keen and able with electronics and programming. He very much deserves the award and we are all very pleased for him.”
Charlie follows alumni Kirsten Berggren and Jethro White (2009); Luke Stitson and David Salmon (2011); Ben Bryant (2012); Seb Wright and James Krafft (2013); Tom Wright (2019); Henry Coleman (2020) and current Upper Sixth Former Charlie Hill.
Arkwright Scholarships are respected by leading universities and industrial companies and are supported by top engineering employers and organisations such as Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems, National Grid, Balfour Beatty, Microsoft Research, Thales, The Royal Air Force, The Royal Navy and the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
The Scholarships are also funded by charitable donors including, principal donors The Reece Foundation, The Lloyd’s Register Foundation, the Gannochy Trust, the Dulverton Trust, the Emmott Foundation and S.F.I.A. Educational Trust.