A 17-year-old Winstanley College student has been awarded a scholarship to support her career ambitions in the field of engineering.
Ruth Roughley, who is from St Helens and a previous Rainford High pupil, was nominated to apply for a prestigious Arkwright Scholarship after showing talent for engineering at school. The rigorous application process involved an initial paper application and aptitude test, followed by a formal interview at Lancaster University where she had to present an engineering prototype and portfolio.
Ruth chose to produce a hydraulic arm for her interview piece. She had to talk through the process she went through from initial idea to final prototype including the problems she encountered and how she solved these. There was also a team work task where applicants worked in small groups to build a tower out of straws; Ruth’s group won this, producing the most stable tower.
After completing all parts of the application process, Ruth has a few weeks’ wait before she found out she was one of approximately 300 applicants to be granted the scholarship out of around 3200 who apply.
Ruth said: ‘I worked really hard on the application for a scholarship but it was still a big surprise when I found out I had been successful. I now get £600 to put towards by studies in engineering and the chance to get involved with summer schools; my college also gets £200 to put toward STEM activities.
The most exciting part for me though, is being paired with an RAF Wing Commander who can help to find me work experience and other opportunities to support my career goals.’
Ruth was formally awarded her scholarship at a celebration by Arkwright at the Institute of Engineering in London.
Once she has completed her A-level studies in Chemistry, Maths and Physics, she hopes to go on to university and then join the RAF as an officer.