Earlier this year EPS students were awarded prestigious scholarships from BP STEM and Caterpillar UK.  These scholarships are awarded to high performing students, and offers them the opportunity to showcase their talent.

BP, one of the UK’s leading graduate recruiters launched the STEM scholarship for science, technology, engineering and maths in 2012, to support 10 undergraduate students from nine selected institutions including the University of Birmingham. This year, due to the high calibre of applicants, 11 EPS students successful secured this scholarship worth £20,000.

As well as financial support these students will also have unique access to the energy industry with the opportunity to attend a number of key events including the ‘Scholars Welcome Day’ in year 1 and, a three-day conference in year 2. They will also be invited to join high profile events such as the BP Ultimate Field Trip Final.

After a rigorous application process including tests and interviews some of our BP STEM Scholars had this to say:

I felt relieved! Having worked so hard, giving it everything l had and wanting it more everyday.

When l first heard about it, I was extremely happy as all the hard work preparing for this paid off.

Additionally, Caterpillar has awarded six scholarships through the Caterpillar Undergraduate Engineering Scholarships Scheme to first year undergraduate engineering students in the School’s of Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. The scholarships are worth £1000 per academic year.

Caterpillar is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel electric locomotives. These scholarships offer students the opportunity to engage and learn from industry experts.  Alongside their studies, the scholars will be developing and delivering activities which seek to promote engineering and its study to future students and in doing so support the university’s outreach activities.

Daryl Davies, Information and Projects Officer for the STEM Education Centre at the University of Birmingham said: ‘This year’s outstanding achievement by students securing prestigious support from leading industry partners demonstrates the quality of Birmingham education and high calibre applicants. I’d like to take the opportunity to congratulate and celebrate the College’s latest BP STEM and Caterpillar Scholars.’

This is the second year that the university has been involved in the BP STEM scholarships which are competitive and based on excellence. Having 11 students receive these scholarships is a great achievement. Students looking to take part in next year’s application process can find more information here.