Ford Blue Oval Scholars reception

First Ford Blue Oval Scholars graduate

On Thursday 6 July we celebrated the graduation of our first cohort of Ford Blue Oval Scholars.

The Ford Blue Oval Scholarship Programme was launched in 2012 to celebrate Ford of Britain’s centenary celebrations and to support the next generation of student engineers, scientists and innovators.

Ford Blue Oval Scholars reception
Ford Blue Oval Scholars reception

Ten students from the Faculty of Engineering and Design were selected to receive awards of £10,000 to support them throughout their studies. Five years and many exams, essays and projects later, and the scholars have now reached the end of their studies. They gathered last week, along with their friends and families, for a special reception at the Boater in Bath to celebrate their achievements.

Lucy Crisp, Acting Head of Corporate Partnerships in the Department of Development and Alumni Relations, said:

“Congratulations to all the Ford Blue Oval Scholars who graduated this summer. The support received from companies such as Ford gives our students the opportunity to focus on their studies without financial worry, and gives them confidence to succeed.  It is fantastic to see so many students benefitting from Ford’s support and we are very proud of all their achievements.”

Professors Gary Lock and Chris Brace and Dr Sam Akehurst from the Department of Mechanical Engineering were also in attendance to wish the scholars well in their future endeavours.

Professor Brace, Deputy Director of the Powertrain Vehicle Research Centre, said: “We are extremely proud of our longstanding relationship with Ford Motor Company, both through the Ford Blue Oval Scholarship programme, and the research collaborations that go back over many years. We look forward to continuing to develop this partnership in the future, particularly as Ford are an Industrial Partner of our new Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems.”

Since 2012, a further five students have been awarded Ford Blue Oval Scholarships and two further scholarships will be available in autumn 2017 for Mechanical Engineering students in their second year. Students who are eligible to apply will be contacted by email in October 2017.

“The support received from companies such as Ford gives our students the opportunity to focus on their studies without financial worry, and gives them confidence to succeed.”

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