Lowena Hull, 16, awarded prestigious engineering scholarship | Portsmouth High School

Lowena Hull, 16, awarded prestigious engineering scholarship

Lowena Hull, 16, has landed a prestigious engineering scholarship, which will see her working closely with the team at lift company Stannah. 

Lowena has been awarded an Arkwright Engineering Scholarship, after completing a rigorous selection process that included an interview, presentation and three-hour written exam.

Her scholarship has been sponsored by Stannah through the Joseph Stannah Foundation, which aims to engage and support students to pursue a career in engineering.

Lowena is to receive £2,200, spread over two years, towards a project she is working on, which is to be split between herself and the school, as well as securing a summer placement at Stannah’s head office in Andover, next year.

Commenting on the news, Lowena said: “I couldn’t believe I’d been accepted for a scholarship at first and I’m so thrilled. I’m really grateful to Stannah for sponsoring me and I look forward to my placement next summer. I have an interest in engineering and in particular AI and machine learning technology, so I’m keen to see how Stannah is incorporating this into their product development.”

The scholarship is the latest in a line of achievements for Lowena, who was named a UK Inspiring Junior in 2018.

Developing a passion for technology from an early age, at 13 Lowena entered and won a national Astro Pi competition, designing code which was used by Major Tim Peake aboard the International Space Station. She went on to gain 10 A*s and two 9s at GCSE and is now studying for ‘A’ levels, with plans to go to university and then work in the field of software engineering.

Mike Newman, group learning and development manager at Stannah, commented: “Our congratulations go to Lowena. She really impressed us, not only with her ideas and creativity, but with her enthusiasm and wish to make a difference.”

He continued: “A recent government report found that only one in 10 STEM apprentices are female and cites a key barrier for girls as being the lack of role models. Lowena is already breaking that mould and is a fantastic role model to others. We’re sure she has a very bright future ahead of her.”

Stannah has supported the Arkwright Scholarships Trust for more than 15 years. The scholarships are open to pupils aged 15 and 16 years old and each year, around 1600 students apply from across the UK. For more information, visit www.arkwright.org.uk