Zara Phillips visited the Royal Windsor Horse Show to announce the Range Rover Evoque WISE Scholarship for young women.
The new engineering scholarship programme will provide a £9,000 bursary to three female students or apprentices who would like to explore a career or further studies in engineering. In addition the winners will be provided with mentoring support from both Land Rover senior engineers and WISE representatives.
In launching the campaign Zara spoke about how inspiring both her grandmother and her mother where in encouraging young women to consider a career in engineering.
The Queen, then Princess Elizabeth, joined the ATS (Auxiliary Territorial Service) aged 18. Having enlisted as a Subaltern, she progressed by the end of the war to the rank of Junior Commander after completing course No. 1 at the Mechanical Training Centre of the ATS.
Princess Anne is the patron of WISE, which helps organisations to inspire women and girls to pursue STEM as pathways to exciting and fulfilling careers.
“The UK has a rich heritage of women in engineering, encouraged by the success of the ATS. I’m delighted to be supporting the Range Rover Evoque WISE Scholarship, which provides young women with the opportunity to progress their career. There are equal opportunities for both men and women to succeed in engineering and now is an exciting time to get involved.”
The Range Rover Evoque WISE Scholarship is open to any woman who has arranged an engineering-based apprenticeship or has a confirmed place on a higher education engineering course. For more information and to apply visit www.inspiringtomorrowsengineers.com.