Support a Scholarship
Every year the Arkwright Scholarship Trust's fundraising team raises every penny we need to fund our Scholarships. Our funding comes from sponsorship and donations from over 160 Commercial Companies, Universities, Foundations, Trusts, Trade Associations, Professional Institutions, Worshipful Companies, the Armed Services and Personal Donors.
The income from our valued Sponsors and Donors funds our rigorous student selection and award process, and gives our circa 800 Scholars the experience of a lifetime.
Could you, or your employer, help us in the following ways:
Opportunity for Secondment to the Arkwright Team
Does your employer operate a scheme that provides charity secondments to high-potential early- career staff or as part of pre-redundancy packages? Would your employer benefit from placing an employee with the dynamic Arkwright team?
We are looking for a hard-working, collaborative person to join our team in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, on secondment to help us build on our record 25th anniversary year in 2016 and to deliver even more benefit to UK Engineering industry and high-potential sixth form students during 2017.
We have fulfilling work for a variety of ‘seniority’ levels. We are flexible on the hours, work pattern, length of contract and skill set of any secondee.
If you can help, please contact our Chief Executive, Dr Martin Thomas, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsor a Scholar
Sponsors meeting their Scholars at our prestigious Awards Ceremony.
By far the most popular form of financial support, is for organisations and individuals to directly sponsor a Scholarship thereby funding the Scholars' and schools' financial awards, providing their Scholars with work experience, mentoring, engagement and taking advantage of a host of Sponsor benefits including: Direct access to their Scholars and indirect access to nearly 800 other Arkwright Scholars and over 3400 Scholarship Alumni aged 19 to 41; hosting engineering experience days for Scholars; advertising work experience and job vacancies to our Scholars and alumni; invitations to our prestigious Awards Ceremonies.
Become an Arkwright Mentor
"I have mentored two Arkwright Scholars now. I have found there to be a really rewarding connection - you can clearly see the impact that your support and guidance has on the student’s thoughts and choices."
Abby Hutty, Structures Engineer, Airbus Defence and Space
The volunteer Arkwright Mentors provide an invaluable source of first-hand knowledge, experience and inspiration to our Scholars throughout their two-year Scholarship. By giving just a few hours of your time a month, you can make a real difference to the Scholars' understanding of commercial life, university study and the excitement of a career in engineering. It can also be very rewarding and helps to enhance your personal and professional development as you work towards Chartered status. Your knowledge, experience and skills would be highly valued and most welcome. Most mentoring is done remotely by email and telephone calls.
Help with our Selection Process as an Interviewer
“I thoroughly enjoyed the interview day. It was very rewarding to meet so many talented students with engineering aspirations. It also helped to develop my confidence and understanding from the ‘interviewer seat’ - extremely beneficial.”
Elizabeth Waterman, Engineer, PDL Solutions (Europe) Ltd.
Student Applicants who pass the Aptitude Exam undergo a twenty-minute panel interview at one of our 10 University host locations nationwide. The interview panels are selected from Education and Corporate professionals to interview Applicants and give the final recommendations for Scholarships. As well as great experience for you, this is also an opportunity to see just how talented an Arkwright Scholar can be.
Fundraise for our Work
“The Ride London-Surrey 100 mile cycle challenge was an incredibly rewarding way to raise funds for Arkwright – who provide so many opportunities for my most promising students.”
Arkwright fundraiser Stuart McCain, Head of D&T Department, Colchester Royal Grammar School
Have you ever wanted to do something from your bucket list and are looking for the money to go to a worthy cause? Perhaps you are hosting an event, have an idea to raise money or just want to fulfil a lifelong dream and you need a cause as an excuse —count us ¡n. Arkwright will help you set up a Fundraising Campaign and advertise your support to us, in order to make your event a success.
Make a Donation - become a Benefactor!
Every penny donated to Arkwright is put to good use. 50% of all our raised funds goes towards Scholars' and schools' financial rewards and 37% towards our Scholars' enrichment activities. Just 13% goes to support the running costs of the Arkwright Scholarships Trust itself (9% fundraising costs; 4% core operational overheads). Your donations help Arkwright support nearly 800 engineering Scholars every year. A donation specifically to our Benefactors' Fund, however small, will contribute towards our work with all our Scholars and towards the award of Benefactors' Scholarships each year.
Sponsor a Scholar
Join our growing group of company and individual Sponsors who engage with their Arkwright Engineering Scholars to enhance their experience of engineering
Donate your skills and experience, enhance your mentoring skills and become one of our Mentors who coach our Scholars
Volunteer to become an Interviewer in our unique UK-wide Scholar selection process
If you are running a fundraising event or activity and looking for a worthy cause for your donations raised
- become a Benefactor
Help to fund our engineering enhancement opportunities and our Benefactors' Scholarships