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Two EEE students win national bursaries for engineering talent

13 Feb 2018

The Institution of Engineering and Technology’s Engineering Horizons Bursary offers long-term financial support to 75 engineering students and apprentices in the UK

Mehdi Kolahi and Jessica Paterson from the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering have been celebrating their success after receiving an Engineering Horizons Bursary from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). The bursaries are awarded to students who are passionate about engineering and have taken up a place on an engineering or technology degree course which has been accredited by the IET.

In this second year of the scheme, 75 bursaries have been awarded to students and apprentices. The scheme helps students entering an apprenticeship or an engineering degree programme, who have qualifications such as a BTEC, HND, Access to Higher Education Diploma or other vocational qualification, as well as those in challenging circumstances. The sponsorship will be £1,000 for up to four years and winners also benefit from mentoring and work experience placements through the IET’s extensive networks.

On receiving the bursary Medhi Kolahi said “I am very grateful for this award which encourages me to aim my professional engineering desires in the future and I'm really appreciative to all whom has helped/assisted me to gain this achievement and also those who are helping/assisting me during my engineering route.” Jessica Paterson added “I'm over the moon to have been awarded this IET bursary supported by Siemens, it's really going to have a positive impact on my studies and future and I hope I can live up to expectations.”

Nick Winser, IET President commented: “We’re thrilled to have been able to support talented apprentices and undergraduate students who have overcome obstacles and personal challenges to pursue an engineering education and career for the second year in a row.

“We hope that the scheme will continue to grow and we will build the number of our bursary winners, who have a passion for engineering and are keen to promote engineering to others.”

The investment is being made in collaboration with Exilarch’s Foundation, The Engineers Trust (Worshipful Company of Engineers), The Manly Trust , Nigel and Ruth Fine, Mr & Mrs Tubbs, National Grid and  Siemens

The IET Engineering Horizons Bursary programme is open to all UK students who are applying to join an IET accredited engineering or technology degree course, or are already studying on a course (except final year students).  Those who are selected will receive at least £1,000 per year during their studies.

Prospective students who are wishing to apply for an Engineering Horizons Bursary can apply online soon.