Uni Engineer Scholarship

Engineering student Andrew Holland, previously at Amery Hill School secured a prestigious Sonardyne Foundation Scholarship plus distinction * grades in his BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering this summer.  This autumn he starts at the University of York studying Electronic Engineering with his tuition fees paid for and the offer of a job on successful completion of his degree.

Andrew is one of only two successful candidates this year to be awarded the Sonardyne Foundation Scholarship. The Foundation is part of Sonardyne International Ltd, a Hampshire-based company and the namesake to Alton College's state-of-the-art Engineering and Design Centre. This year as part of his BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering, Andrew completed a student placement with Sonardyne during which he was set a task to ‘auto slip’ the clutch on one of their boats.

On receiving the scholarship, Andrew said: ‘'As part of my course the College helped me secure a work experience placement at Sonardyne in October 2014. Whilst I was there I enjoyed working in the EMD and PCB departments. I heard about the possible sponsorship opportunity though the Sonardyne Foundation. I was already looking at Electronic Engineering degree courses and had decided that I would like to go to York University as it was an excellent reputation and on visiting it, it seemed a great place to study.'

He explained: 'I applied for the sponsorship and heard in June that the Sonardyne Foundation were willing to pay my University tuition fees, a possible industrial placement year and a job on successful completion of my degree course. I feel incredibly lucky to have this opportunity as it gives me a fantastic first step in my career and I will not have the debt that other students will have.  I am very grateful to the Sonardyne Foundation for this sponsorship. It will make a huge difference to my life.’

To find out more about studying engineering and design technology see here.

To find out more about Sonardyne International Ltd see here. 

To read more about the opening of the Sonardyne Centre see here.