Prestigious national engineering scholarship awarded to two Exeter School pupils

10 Oct 2013

Seven Arkwright scholars in last four years

Sebastian Wright and James Krafft from Exeter School have been awarded a sought-after Arkwright Engineering Scholarship that identifies them as some of the country’s future leaders in engineering and related areas of design.

Seven Exeter School pupils have been awarded Arkwright scholarships in the last four years.

The renowned Arkwright Engineering Scholarships provide pupils with a £600 financial award to enhance their A Level studies and a range of activities to increase their understanding and experience of engineering.

Exeter School will also receive £400 for each Scholarship awarded.

Sebastian and James had to successfully complete a rigorous selection process including a detailed application form, a two-hour aptitude exam and an interview hosted at a top engineering university.

James said he was really pleased to be awarded an Arkwright scholarship. “It is a brilliant opportunity which I hope to make the most of,” he said. “It will hopefully open more doors in the future and help me to further my interest in engineering as a career.”


The Scholarships are respected by leading universities and industrial companies and are supported by top engineering employers and organisations such as Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems, National Grid, Balfour Beatty, Microsoft Research, Thales, The Royal Air Force, The Royal Navy and the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

The Scholarships are also funded by charitable donors including, principal donors The Reece Foundation, The Lloyd’s Register Foundation, the Gannochy Trust, the Dulverton Trust, the Emmott Foundation and S.F.I.A Educational Trust.

The Scholarships will be formally presented at a prestigious ceremony supported by The Institution of Engineering and Technology later in the year.

Dr Martin Thomas, National Director of the Arkwright Scholarships Trust said: “I am delighted to see students from Exeter School secure this prestigious accolade. Clearly, there is considerable technical talent in the Devon area. With the competition for rewarding jobs becoming ever-more fierce, the receipt of an Arkwright Engineering Scholarship can help dynamic young people at the start of their journey to be the country’s future leaders in engineering and related areas of design.