Students on a Headstart course.

Disadvantaged students get bursary help for aerospace engineering

A new bursary fund has been established in the memory of renowned engineer Jon Dennison, helping disadvantaged young people to learn more about careers in engineering.

The Jon Dennison bursary fund was launched at the Farnborough Air Show last week. Administered through the Aerospace Industrial Cadet Programme (AICP), the fund aims to support young people from disadvantaged backgrounds – such as schools or neighborhoods with low university participation rates – to pursue their interest in an aerospace engineering career by offering selected young people free places on an EDT Headstart course.

AICP companies can nominate schools they are partnering with and Headstart will then invite students to apply for a Jon Dennison bursary as part of their course application.

Headstart courses provide an opportunity for 16 to 17 year olds to spend up to a week at a UK university prior to making their UCAS application. During the course students are given the opportunity to attend lectures and seminars, get involved in practical activities, experience life as an undergraduate and visit local engineering companies.

“The success of the UK’s aerospace industry is dependent on the next generation of engineers and this bursary will ensure the brightest and the best can make their way through with the financial help they need,” Colin Smith CBE, Group President of Rolls-Royce and Co-Chair of the Aerospace Growth Partnership recently said. “Jon is much missed; through this bursary he can continue to play a valuable part in our industry’s future.” 

"Our father was always passionate about helping young people who have ambitions, but are restricted in accessing the tools and platforms to assist them in achieving their goals,” Jon’s children, Megan, Francisca and Dylan added in a statement.

“This was something extremely important to him as he believed that every young person deserved the opportunity to learn, and hoped that one day he would be in a position to make a difference to people that faced these challenges.

"It saddens us that he is no longer here to carry out his plans but he would be incredibly proud that he is leaving behind a legacy which will help so many young people make something of themselves.”

To find out more about the bursary, email industrialcadets@etrust.org.uk

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