Brunel University will award ten Ford Blue Oval Scholarships worth a total of £100,000 in 2012, as part of a £1 million programme to develop the UK’s next generation of student engineers, scientists and innovators.
Brunel is one of 12 leading UK universities selected by Ford to take part in the scheme, which will provide 100 undergraduates with awards of £10,000 each over the duration of their course. High-achieving students who achieve a minimum of AAB grades or equivalent at A-level will be chosen from engineering, science, manufacturing and technology subjects, and must apply for the award by 10 March 2012.
Announced by William Clay Ford, great-grandson of Henry Ford and executive chairman of Ford Motor Company, the scholarship programme recognises skills that are fundamental both to Ford’s future industrial base and to the long-term success of the UK’s economy. Many of the company’s 15,000 UK employees are in highly skilled roles, developing and building high-technology, fuel-efficient, low CO2 engines.
Ford of Britain is celebrating 100 years as one of the UK’s leading automobile innovators this year, and the Blue Oval scheme reinforces the company’s relationship with a country in which it has been market leader in car sales for 35 consecutive years and commercial vehicle sales leader for 46 years.
Brunel University has a long history of excellence in engineering and technology, and is now as well-respected in engineering circles as was its namesake Isambard Kingdom Brunel a hundred years ago. One of the University’s most distinctive features is a commitment to incorporating periods of work experience in industry – sandwich placements – into its undergraduate degree programmes, helping to develop the practical knowledge and technical skills required to succeed in the competitive graduate jobs market.
More information and terms and conditions will be available shortly on the Brunel University scholarship web pages
Find out more about Ford’s 100 years in Britain on the Ford UK website