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​Will Awarded Prestigious Arkwright Scholarship

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King’s College pupil William Richmond has been identified as one of the country’s leading students in engineering and technical design after receiving a prestigious Arkwright Engineering Scholarship.

William came through a rigorous selection process, consisting of a detailed application form, a two-hour aptitude test and an interview at a top engineering university. In the interview, he discussed his career aspirations and his own engineering projects, including his GCSE Design Technology coursework. For his assignment, William designed and built a wireless charging desktop light. He generated his ideas by using CAD (Fusion 360) and then 3D printing a fully-functional prototype.

During the interview, candidates also took part in a team exercise to solve a hands-on engineering problem with students they had never met before. All of this took place while William was busy preparing for his GCSE finals exams.

The Lower Sixth pupil will be formally presented with his scholarship at a prestigious ceremony later this month at the Savoy Hotel in London, hosted by The Institution of Engineering and Technology.

A record 1,594 students applied for an Arkwright Engineering Scholarship this year, with just 425 scholarships awarded. Arkwright Scholarships provide students with £600 to put towards their A level studies, as well as a range of opportunities to enhance their understanding and experience of engineering.

The scholarships are well regarded by leading universities and companies and are supported by top engineering employers and organisations such as Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems, Microsoft Research, the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy. William has been sponsored by DePuy Synthes UK, part of the Johnson & Johnson family of companies. They offer the world’s most comprehensive portfolio of orthopaedic and neuro products and services for joint reconstruction, trauma, spine and sports medicine, as well as power tools and biomaterials.

Jason Grindle, Head of Design Technology, said: “William competed against Fifth Form pupils across the UK during the selection process for this most prestigious scholarship.”

He added: “He will remain studying at King’s during the Sixth Form and is planning to use the money he receives to further his interest in a future career in engineering.”

“William will also benefit from potential access to engineering and technical design mentoring, enrichment opportunities, industry-based experience days, technical lectures and access to the Arkwright Undergraduate Scholarships.”

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