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Interviews underway for ICE scholarships

More than 100 students were last week interviewed by some of the biggest names in civil engineering at the annual QUEST undergraduate scholarship selection day.

The QUEST (Queen’s Jubilee Scholarship Trust) scholarships were founded in the Jubilee year of 1977, and have given scholarships to promising engineering students and others wanting to further their education.

This year, the awards attracted more than 100 hopefuls to a meeting with the industry at One Great George Street this month.

Each hopeful outlines why he or she believes they deserve the award. The event also introduces the applicants to the role the ICE can play in their professional development.

QUEST chairman Adrian Long, said: “The QUEST selection day is about finding the future leaders of civil engineering. The QUEST Scholarship is offered to ensure that students with the potential to excel in industry are supported and do so.”

Next, the partner companies rank the students, and the students indicate which firms they would like to be partnered with. Successful QUEST scholars will be notified in October.

The QUEST scheme is aimed at students about to go to university for the first time, to study a course approved by the Joint Board of Moderators, which approves and accredits course content. This is formed jointly by ICE, the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Institution of Highways and Transportation, and the Institute of Highway Incorporated
Engineers.

QUEST pays up to £3,000 per year, with a maximum of £12,000 for the duration of the course. This year a new sponsor, ConstructionSkills, comes on board, and aims to align the QUEST award scheme with its own Inspire Scholarship Award.

For more information on QUEST scholarships, go to www.ice.org.uk/myice/myice_scholarships_quest.asp

QUEST PARTNER COMPANIES

Alfred McAlpine, Ardmore Construction, Arup, Atkins, Balfour Beatty, Black and Veatch, Buro Happold, Carillion, Costain, Edmund Nuttall, Faber Maunsell (Scotland), Farrans, First Engineering, Galliford Try, Gifford, Graham Construction, Halcrow Group, Hyder Consulting, Interserve Project Services, Jacobs, John Doyle Group, KBR, Keller, Lagan Construction, Laing O’Rourke, Mott MacDonald, Morgan Est, Network Rail, Peter Brett Associates, RPS Group, Scott Wilson, Sir Robert McAlpine, Skanska, Taylor & Boyd, Taylor Woodrow, Tony Gee & Partners, Volker Stevin and WSP Group.

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