Gifted student working against the clock to find sponsor for prestigious engineering scholarship
PUBLISHED: 16:00 13 September 2017
A North Somerset boy has been awarded a ‘prestigious’ engineering scholarship, but has just days left to secure a sponsor to allow him to take part.
Wrington youngster Finley Sinclair, aged 16, has been selected for an Arkwright Engineering Scholarship, which is awarded to high-calibre students following a rigorous selection process.
The former Churchill Academy pupil is the first person from the school to be selected for the scholarship, which would support him through his A-level studies with specialist activities, propelling him towards a career in engineering.
But Finley requires a sponsor to be able to take up the offer. The Arkwright Scholarships Trust charity aims to match all candidates with a sponsor but, with just a two days to go until the deadline (Friday), Finley is in limbo – not knowing if he can take part.
His parents, Keith and Jo, are calling on eligible parties to sponsor Finley at a one-off cost of £2,200 – with sponsors getting the chance to engage with a talented young engineer.
Sponsors can be commercial companies, trade associations, universities, armed services, government organisations, charitable trusts, or kind-hearted personal donors.
Keith believes his son has a ‘natural gift’ and has been on a ‘long journey’ to earn the scholarship.
He said: “Given the fierce competition of the process, he has done exceptionally well to be offered the scholarship.
“Arkwright’s role is to identify the next generation of leaders in engineering.
“He’s been very driven and focussed, and the feedback he has received is a demonstration of his drive and commitment.”
Finley now studies maths, physics, and design and technology at Bridgwater College, and faces missing out on funding, work experience and mentoring resources if a sponsor cannot be identified.
He instead will hold the prestigious title of Arkwright Associate, but not enjoy the benefits of the scholarship.
Finley is setting his sights on a career in aeronautical engineering, but is ‘open to all engineering opportunities’.
If you are interested in sponsoring Finley, email firstname.lastname@example.org