25th September 2023

2022/23 Arkwright Engineering Scholarship Results

Part of the educational charity, The Smallpeice Trust, The Arkwright Engineering Scholarships is a fully sponsored programme, that serves to encourage young people from all backgrounds to pursue their dreams and change the world as a future leader in engineering. This year, The Arkwright Engineering Scholarships Trust has so far awarded a total of 320 scholarships to date, to keen young engineers across the UK.

Recently celebrating its 30th anniversary, the scholarship programme supports young people through their A levels, Scottish Highers or equivalent qualifications, providing financial support, personal mentoring, hands-on industry experience and exclusive events to support their journey into engineering. Each year, the trust is generously supported by over 100 generous sponsors - including commercial companies and universities, to trusts and personal donors – all which share one vision: to see more young people engaged with engineering. Of the 320 Arkwright Engineering Scholarships awarded so far, 37% were presented to female students and 54% to young people from state schools. Overall, 1391 hard-working students applied to the 2023 programme, with 622 reaching the final interview stage. The Smallpeice Trust is working hard to break down the barriers and misconceptions preventing young people, particularly girls and students from underrepresented groups, from engaging with engineering, by providing them with the confidence, skills, and real-world learning to thrive in STEM.

The scholarship comprises a competitive selection process from an online application, to the aptitude exam, culminating in a virtual interview. This comprehensive programme ensures to assess each students’ engineering knowledge, and key life skills including leadership and creative thinking. All successful scholars are awarded a nationally recognised Scholarship certification to enhance their university and apprenticeship applications, alongside a £600 financial bonus to support their studies. Schools of successful scholars receive a £400 donation per awarded Scholar at their school, which they can utilise for STEM events and resources to benefit students.

Steve Robins, CEO of The Smallpeice Trust, said:

"We are thrilled to announce the results of our 2022/23 Arkwright Engineering Scholarships. We are very proud of all the students who applied and congratulate all those who have been successfully awarded an engineering scholarship. The UK engineering industry is always seeking the support of new and inquisitive minds which - through exciting opportunities like Arkwright Engineering Scholarships and The Smallpeice Trust - can shape the future of the exciting world of engineering. Our scholarships continue to help give young people equal access to industry experiences and gain a real insight into what it takes to be an innovative engineer."

The Arkwright Engineering Scholarship programme opens for 2024 applications on 09/10/23. Applicants must be Year 11 students in England and Wales, S4 students in Scotland and Year 12 students in Northern Ireland. If you are a school or student who would like to apply for the Arkwright Engineering Scholarship programme, please visit to learn more. Applications close 26th January 2024. Find out more: Arkwright Engineering Scholarships


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