18-year-old Harriet Vickers, from Spalding, is the first beneficiary of the bursary, which will provide her with £1000 a year as support for her engineering degree course at Durham University. She'll also have access to practical support, with mentoring from senior Jaguar Land Rover engineers and WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) representatives.
An all-female judging panel, comprising representatives from Jaguar Land Rover, WISE and the Women's Engineering Society, drew up a shortlist from a great number of applications from eager post-GCSE and A-level students. Five candidates then went forward for an interview at JLR's Design and Engineering Centre.
Nicci Cook, Jaguar Land Rover Senior HR Manager Product Development and a member of the judging panel, said: ‘The applicants we met were not only talented, they were also extremely passionate – two qualities which Harriet certainly has. I am confident that not only will she go on to have a highly successful career, she will also be a great ambassador, encouraging other young women to embark on a similar career path.’
Harriet will receive her scholarship at the 2013 WISE Awards in London on November 14, where more than 300 people will join Princess Anne, the organisation’s royal patron, to celebrate the achievement of girls and women in the STEM disciplines – science, technology, engineering and mathematics.