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Designing futures for themselves

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: November 23, 2012

  • AWARD WINNER: Luke Shillaber being presented with his certificate by Andrew Stafford from the Dulverton Trust.

  • AWARD WINNER: Jack Routly, from Marshgate, receiving his award from Sheila Holden, vice-president of the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation.

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TWO TEENAGERS from North Cornwall could become future industry leaders in engineering and design after being awarded prestigious Arkwright Engineering Scholarships.

Luke Shillaber, from Launceston, and Jack Routly, from Marshgate, both 16 were awarded the scholarships at a ceremony hosted by the Institution of Engineering and Technology at the Savoy Place, London.

Launceston College student Luke Shillaber was presented with his scholarship by Dervilla Mitchell, aviation business leader for UKMEA, Arup.

The Arkwright Engineering Scholarships support young people from across the UK who have the potential to be future leaders in engineering and design.

During their sixth-form studies, scholars receive £600 to support their technical courses and have access to a range of exciting opportunities, such as mentoring and company visits. The school also receives £400 per scholar.

Luke, a former pupil of Lewannick CP school and only son of Mark and Tracey Shillaber, was selected following a rigorous selection process comprising a detailed application form, a two-hour aptitude exam and an interview hosted at a top engineering university.

Jack Routly, who lives in Marshgate, near Camelford, and is the eldest son of Ian and Sarah Routly, has won a leadership in engineering Arkwright scholarship award. He has been paired up with the Chartered Institute for Highways and Transportation which will mentor and provide him with training opportunities throughout his A-level studies.

They also make a financial award to both Jack, and to his school or college on each of the two years. He was studying at Kelly College, Tavistock, when he was nominated and is now at Truro College. Kelly College will receive the first year award, and Truro College the second.

Jack had to sit a written exam and also attended a formal interview at Southampton University.

The national director of the Arkwright Scholarships Trust Dr Martin Thomas said any secondary school can become affiliated to enter students, and this year they had 1,103 applicants competing for just 335 scholarships.

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