On November 2, Grace Kennedy , her father and Mrs McCann were delighted to attend the Arkwright Scholarship Awards Ceremony in the Institute for Engineering and Technology, Savoy Place, London where Grace met her sponsors and was presented with her Arkwright Award. Her award was presented by one of the leading structural engineers from Arup, a leading, cutting-edge international engineering company. Grace was one of the lucky four hundred students who won an award which includes a bursary and the opportunity to engage with her sponsor,, TTP, another leading engineering company based in Cambridge which offers solutions to complex problems for major companies across the world. Only the brightest and best enter for the award and approximately 1500 students were entered from the top schools across the UK. Only five students in NI received an award.
Achieving one of these prestigious scholarships is no mean feat – Grace sat an exam and following success in this, she proceeded to the interview stage where she impressed the panel sufficiently to be awarded one of the coveted scholarships. She is one of the 29% of girls who were successful in achieving an award. Only 9% of engineers are female but St. Dominic’s is certainly aiming to buck the trend with increasing numbers of students choosing to study Mathematics and Physics at A Level and pursuing Third Level courses in engineering.