New scholarship to encourage future engineers

Students in their final year of GCSEs can now benefit from £600 in funding to support them during their A-Levels.

The Harriott Engineering Scholarship is open to non-selective state school pupils living or studying in Medway, Maidstone and Tonbridge & Malling who intend to study A-Levels in mathematics and physics and/or design & technology.

Designed to support civil engineering education, the scheme has been launched by the Rochester Bridge Trust, which has fully or partially funded a number of crossings along the River Medway since it was founded more than 600 years ago.

Successful applicants will receive £300 a year for two consecutive years, while studying for their A-Levels, and their school at time of application will receive a one-off payment of £400 to be put towards STEM education.

The Trust will also provide practical support for the scholars and organise events to introduce them to different aspects of engineering.

James Miller, Education Officer, said: “The scholarship has been launched in recognition of the work of Paul Harriott who served as one of our trustees for 43 years until his retirement in May.

“It aims to support students taking A-Levels in subjects that are a stepping stone to civil engineering and to encourage them to consider a career in the profession. The catchment area reflects our longstanding connection to the River Medway.”

The deadline for applications is 1 April 2024, with the scholarship beginning at the start of the new school year in September.

For details of how to apply and eligibility criteria, visit

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