Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Pupils Engineering Skilled Prospects; Youngsters Picked for Scholarship Funded through PS250,000 Donation

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Pupils Engineering Skilled Prospects; Youngsters Picked for Scholarship Funded through PS250,000 Donation

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Byline: Sarah Scott ? 0191 201-6273 ? sarah.scott@ncjmedia.co.uk

PUPILS with a passion for engineering have been selected for a new scholarship funded through a PS250,000 donation from a North East entrepreneur.

Dr Alan Reece, owner of Pearson Engineering in Walker and founder of charity The Reece Foundation, made the donation this year to start Reece Scholarships to help pupils with a career in engineering.

Yesterday the 25 pupils selected for the pilot scheme came together for the launch of the scholarship at the Great North Museum in Newcastle.

The Reece Scholarships have been administered by Paul Ruane, vice-principal at St Cuthbert's High School in Newcastle.

He said: "The aim is to encourage bright youngsters into engineering because there's a skills shortage and there are huge opportunities in the next 10 to 20 years."

The scholarships were offered to pupils at schools across the city and more than 60 pupils who were about to enter Year 12 in September applied. Following interviews the final 25 were selected.

The pupils come from eight schools: St Cuthbert's High School, Sacred Heart Catholic High School, Excelsior Academy, Heaton Manor, Walker Technology College, Benfield School, St Mary's and Dame Allans.

One of the pupils, Benjamin Sabu , said he was delighted to have been selected.

"I have wanted to do engineering since I was little so when the opportunity came up I thought I would grab it," said the 16-year-old Year 12 St Cuthbert's pupil.

"I am so passionate about it and want to do it at uni so I thought it would look good on my CV, it is also a good opportunity to meet people. I am hoping to do aeronautical engineering," said Ben, who lives in Fenham, Newcastle.

Alex Dundon, also a Year 12 pupil at St Cuthbert's, said he wanted to pursue an engineering type degree at university. …

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