Grammar school pupil engineers a bright future

Boston Grammar School pupil Jason Barnes being formally presented at a prestigious ceremony supported by The Institution of Engineering and Technology in October.
Boston Grammar School pupil Jason Barnes being formally presented at a prestigious ceremony supported by The Institution of Engineering and Technology in October.

A top future career in engineering and technical design awaits a Boston Grammar School pupil who has just won a prestigious scholarship.

Jason Barnes has been awarded a sought-after Arkwright Engineering Scholarship - beating 1,000 other applicants in the UK to win the place.

“Since such a small percentage of applicants actually get the scholarship, I feel honoured to have received one myself,” said Jason.

“Being awarded the scholarship has opened many doors for me, as I now receive £600 to help with my A-levels and engineering related activities, exclusive opportunities to enhance my engineering skills, and a chance to start to open a network of contacts ready for later life.

“I also have a personal mentor and sponsor, who will help me with my A-levels, applying to university and possibly even whilst job finding.”

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

The aptitude exam tested candidates’ flair and originality in solving engineering design problems.

At the in-depth interview, candidates were asked about their career aspirations and had to discuss an engineering project they had conducted.

At the end of the process just 380 scholarships were awarded to 1,380 applicants.

“I am delighted to see a student from Boston Grammar School secure this prestigious accolade,” said Dr Martin Thomas, chief executive of the Arkwright Scholarships Trust.

“Clearly, there is considerable technical talent in the Boston 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 technical design.”

Boston Grammar School will receive £400 for each scholarship awarded to one of its students.