Launched last year by Zara Phillips, the scholarship is open to young women who are starting an engineering degree course or apprenticeship in the UK this year.
Due to overwhelming demand, we are also delighted to report that this year two scholarships will be awarded, giving an extra boost to a further female student embarking on the first steps of their engineering career.
The scholarship is a fantastic opportunity for girls. Each winner will receive £1000 per year for three years of their studies the offer of a mentor from Jaguar Land Rover and a mentor from WISE, and the offer of a summer placement at Jaguar Land Rover.
Last year’s scholarship recipient, Harriet Vickers, currently studying general engineering at Durham University, has already benefitted from her win and has also been active in her role as an ambassador and role model, inspiring other girls with her passion for the subject. Harriet said, at the WISE Student Colloquium: “People think engineering is ‘blokey’ because they don’t understand what engineering is. It’s not about proving yourself, but showing that it is possible. Stereotypes and preconceptions, you have to show they aren’t true.” She went on to comment: “My course is 10% girls, so I’m sat in a lecture hall of 160 with 16 girls there, but you don’t let that put you off going for a career in engineering because that makes no difference to what you want to do. Don’t let anything put you off, stereotypes or anything.”
According to a report published by Engineering UK, Britain needs to double the number of engineering graduates and triple the number of engineering apprentices by 2020 to meet industry needs. At present, just fourteen per cent of engineering and technology undergraduates are female, and nearly 50% don’t go onto a career in STEM, a problem that Jaguar Land Rover and WISE are determined to address, and this scholarship is intended to support this aim.
Applications are invited until 1 August 2014 and shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview on 2 September 2014.
To read more about the scholarship and download the application papers, visit the websiteFor further information, contact Sarah Shaw Communications Director or phone 07545 208530.