First female Engineering Scholar at RGS Worcester

04 Dec 2013

For the first time in a local school’s history, a female pupil has won a prestigious Scholarship from the Arkwright Trust, which supports young engineers and designers nationwide.

Annie Newland won her award alongside fellow RGS Worcester pupil Marcus Milton (both 16 years old) giving the school 39 such accolades since 1997. Annie is being sponsored by Worcester Bosch and has already spent an Open Day at the company. Marcus is supported by the Len Giles Trust. which reflects the legacy from Mr Giles, who was a shoe shop owner in Bromsgrove and wanted to promote engineering.

Both pupils went through the exhaustive selection process, from application, through an aptitude paper, assessment of their engineering-based projects and the final interview stage at Loughborough University. Annie Newland: “It was a bit intimidating as this was my first application for anything as well as being quite a daunting interview.” Annie attended the ceremony in London that featured a former RGS pupil, and Arkwright Scholar, Chris Bellamy making a speech to the audience. His Arkwright Award gave him the springboard to landing a graduate place at Jaguar Land Rover in product development.

Marcus Milton sadly missed the event as he was on a school trip to the CERN  facility in Geneva (home to the Large Hadron Collider), but has his heart set on a future career in mechanical engineering. He already works as a volunteer in the Diesel Section at the Severn Valley Railway and intends to use the money from the scholarship on an engineering taster course at a university.

Annie Newland hopes to study product design with business or economics at university.