Engineering student from Holt scoops prestigious scholarship

George Anderson being presented with awards by professor Richard Folkson, president of the Instituti

George Anderson being presented with awards by professor Richard Folkson, president of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Picture: SUBMITTED - Credit: Archant

An engineering student from Holt has scooped a prestigious scholarship honouring the UK's brightest young stars in their field.

George Anderson, of Mill Street, Holt, has won the Institution of Mechanical Engineers' Undergraduate Scholarship Award. This will help contribute towards his engineering degree at the University of Southampton.

The 19-year-old said: 'It feels fantastic to win the scholarship. The world is increasingly becoming more and more competitive and so to be recognised by the institution that represents your degree on the goal stage is a huge honour.

'Engineering is a massive and varied field and as such there are loads of projects that I could embark upon in my spare time but to do really interesting projects costs money, and in some cases quite a lot. So to be given £3,000 a year to work with will allow me to massively expand what I can do and will help to develop myself as an engineer.'

The former Greshams School pupil received his award alongside another University of Southampton engineering student who also hails from Norfolk - Daniel Fisher of Attleborough. Mr Fisher received the Postgraduate Masters Scholarship.

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The awards were presented to the duo at ceremony at the institution's headquarters in London last month.

Professor Richard Folkson, president of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, said: 'George and Daniel have proven themselves to be among the most promising young engineers and I was delighted to present them with scholarship awards.

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'As the UK continues to face a huge skills crisis when it comes to young engineers, it's a pleasure to see young people like George and Daniel already making a difference in the field.

'Engineers are of great importance. We need to continue to highlight the need for science and engineering in the UK and recognise its importance to the economy.

'I am confident that George and Daniel will enjoy successful and exciting careers in engineering.'

Established in 1847, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers currently has about 110,000 members who represent mechanical engineers involved in a diversity of fields including automotive, rail, aerospace, medical, power and construction industries.

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