Strathclyde engineering students have won a clutch of prestigious bursaries and scholarships from the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
Lawrence Lee and Olessya Tokman have been awarded the Engineering Horizons Bursary, given to just 84 engineering students nationwide. Recipients have not necessarily followed the conventional A-Level or Advanced Highers route, have a passion for engineering and are either accepted on or currently are on an IET accredited engineering or technology degree.
Mature student and mother-of-two Olessya Tokman, is part of Strathclyde’s Engineering Academy completing her initial year in partnership with West College Scotland.
She is studying for a BEng in Biomedical Engineering and said: “Being a parent and mature student puts a lot of financial pressure on the family. This bursary will help me to ease that pressure.”
Lawrence Lee, who is studying for a BEng (Hons) in Electronic and Electrical Engineering and is also within the Engineering Academy, said: “I have already done a year in University of Strathclyde through the Engineering Academy in partnership with a local college which basically acted as a bridge into the University itself. I studied Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Glasgow Clyde College which provided the supplementary material required to kick start my university education.
“The course itself is rigorous, but I have been enjoying it so far. “
Gordon Flockhart, Academic Director of Strathclyde’s Engineering Academy, said:
I am extremely pleased that the Engineering Academy has provided an alternative route in to the University of Strathclyde and helped make it possible for students to pursue the engineering disciplines they are passionate about.“The receipt of the Engineering Horizons Bursary is a testament to their dedication and will help support their futures studies.”
Emily Bell, Brandon Calder, Eva Peter and Zara Weir from the University are also among the 73 engineering students nationwide to receive Diamond Jubilee Scholarships.
The scholarships are given to students who achieved at least ‘ABB’ in their A-Levels or Advanced Highers and who accepted a place on an IET accredited engineering or technology degree course in autumn 2019.
Students who met the minimum criteria in both schemes are entitled to an IET scholarship of up to £4,000.
One of the Diamond recipients, MEng Electrical and Mechanical Engineering with International Study student Emily Bell said: “Receiving this scholarship is a huge opportunity to take my first steps into the engineering industry and to start to look ahead to a career following graduation, as well as giving me more financial freedom to dedicate myself to my education.
“I would advise any prospective applicants to just go for it, even if they don’t feel completely confident in their application, and to make the most of any STEM based opportunities they get while at both school and university. “
Eva Peter, from the Electrical and Mechanical Engineering MEng course, said: “Receiving this scholarship is such an honour. While it is humbling to be recognised as a strong and intelligent candidate it also excites me to work with the IET and to become a STEM ambassador to influence young people. “