Norfolk Student wins Prestigious Arkwright Trust Scholarship
10 November 2016

Norfolk Student wins Prestigious Arkwright Trust Scholarship

Sixteen year old Joseph Rolph, who comes from Mundford in Norfolk and is a student at West Suffolk College in Bury St Edmunds, has been awarded an Arkwright Trust Scholarship, the most prestigious scholarship scheme of its type in the UK aimed at future leaders in engineering, computing and technical design. The Award, supported by the John Jarrold Trust, was presented to Joseph at a special ceremony in London that took place on 27th October at the Institution of Engineering and Technology in Savoy Place.

Joseph is currently studying a BTEC Engineering Level 3 Extended Diploma on a two year course at West Suffolk College. In order to be awarded the two year Scholarship, Joseph was required to pass a written exam and to supply information on a design project. Following a subsequent interview at Cambridge University Engineering Department, he was selected for a scholarship.

Commenting on the news Joseph said:

“I was put forward for an Arkwright Scholarship by my Product Design Teacher, Mr Bate at Iceni Academy. This Scholarship and all that it entails will allow me to pursue my interests in engineering whilst giving me opportunities to visit various universities and engineering lectures.”

The Scholarships support students whose collective interests cover engineering in its widest sense from electrical to mechanical; structural to chemical; nuclear to marine; medical to environmental; aerospace to automotive; software to rail; materials to energy; civil to bio.

Joseph’s Arkwright Engineering Scholarships consist of support from his sponsor - The John Jarrold Trust, CAD software training; engineering experience days hosted by industry, university taster courses, mentoring by graduate engineers and designers as well as free trade magazines.

Joseph will also receive £600 to purchase text books, project materials and enrichment experiences to benefit his academic studies and wider experience of engineering. £200 is given to both West Suffolk College and Iceni Academy in Thetford (where Joseph studied for his GCSEs and which was his sponsoring college) to be spent on equipment, materials or teacher training for science, design and technology, engineering science, computing and maths, thereby benefitting successive year groups.

Charles Jarrold, a Trustee of the John Jarrold Trust, said “It was a privilege to present Joseph with his Scholarship certificate, recognising his commitment and capabilities, and his potential for the future.  I was extremely impressed with the achievements and calibre of all the scholars, and I would especially like to congratulate Joseph on this fantastic achievement”

Caroline Jarrold, Secretary of the John Jarrold Trust commented:

“Arkwright Engineering Scholars have to go through a rigorous selection process aimed at high-calibre students from across the UK. This Engineering Scholarship encourages students to pursue engineering, computing or technical design at university or through a higher-level apprenticeship and to take up careers in the field.

“Each individual Scholarship is sponsored and the John Jarrold Trust is delighted to be able to offer support to a student from the eastern region given our strong connections to Norfolk. Joseph is the twenty-first scholar to have been supported by the trust.  We wish Joseph the best of luck during the course of the two year scholarship and for what will no doubt be a bright future within the field of engineering”.

2016 marks twenty five years of awarding Scholarships to inspire and nurture the country's future leaders of the Engineering Profession. Arkwright Engineering Scholars are widely respected by university admissions tutors and industry recruiters. For further information on The Arkwright Trust please visit: and more details about the John Jarrold Trust can be found at:

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