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Young engineers earn historic award

Published: 19th September 2006

ENGINEERING students David Docherty and Tom Armstrong have won prestigious Whitworth Scholarships – two of just eight awarded to UK undergraduates.

David, a part-time undergraduate on BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering, is also an apprentice at British Nuclear Fuels Limited (Springfield).

The 20-year-old from Blackpool started on a modern apprenticeship at the nuclear firm on 2002 and last year scooped the BNFL Apprentice of the Year award.

Tom Armstrong, 24, from Penrith is a second-year full-time student also on the BEng (Hons) Mechnical Engineering.

The title of Whitworth Scholar has been held by many distinguished engineers since its establishment in the 19th Century by Sir Joseph Whitworth the great Manchester inventor and one of the pioneers of machine tools.

Work experience

Today the awards are still available to outstanding young engineers who have served an apprenticeship in industry.

They are co-sponsored by the Whitworth Society, the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, the Institute of Electrical Engineers and the Institute of Chemical Engineers.

David said: "I am very pleased to receive this award and it grants me £2,500 a year towards the costs of studying for my degree."

Fourth-year part-time engineering student Sarah Tricker, from Chorley, is part-way through her Whitworth Scholarship.

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