Every other year, the Rochester Bridge Trust grants three Rochester Bridge Trust Arkwright Engineering Scholarships which provide funding to young people who are interested in studying engineering at university and to their schools. Candidates are selected by the Trust’s partner, the Arkwright Scholarship Trust. Direct applications are not accepted. More information about applying for scholarships in Year 11 can be found here https://www.arkwright.org.uk/how-to-apply/how-to-apply.
To be eligible for a scholarship, a pupil’s school must be affiliated to the Arkwright Scholarships Trust. The process of affiliation is quick, simple and free, and more information can be found here https://www.arkwright.org.uk/schools-teachers/schools-teachers. The Trust is keen to encourage schools within its grant making areas to affiliate to the Arkwright Scholarships Trust.
You can find out more about the current scholars here.
The Trust organises visits and engineering experiences for the scholars to help them with their studies. For example, a visit was arranged to the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge at Dartford, and the scholars have helped with learning workshops for younger children, demonstrating bridge building during Heritage Open Days. The Trust arranges for new scholars and their parents to receive a tour of Rochester Bridge and to have lunch with the Wardens and the Bridge Clerk.
The Trust encourages its scholars to share their enthusiasm for engineering by setting up activities within their schools, which the Trust supports by providing resources and speakers. On request the Trust supports careers events at the scholars’ schools, mentors scholars through the university application process, and seeks to help with finding work experience opportunities.
Once a two-year scholarship has ended, the Trust continues to stay in touch with the Scholars, providing mentoring and support to identify work experience opportunities.
More information about the progress of current and former scholars can be seen by visiting the Young Engineers page of the education website.