FORTY FOUR civil engineering students have had fears over student debt lifted by winning scholarships worth up to £2,000 a year through the ICE's QUEST scheme.
The scheme was relaunched last year by then president professor Adrian Long, with many scholarships now funded by industry.
As a result, 28 students will get financial assistance throughout their civil engineering degrees from leading civil engineering firms now signed up to a partnering scholarship scheme.
Under the scheme, industry partners are invited to the interview day and bid to sponsor individual students.
Originally, the partner firms had only committed to making 24 scholarships available but they were so impressed by the calibre of the candidates that they increased the number to 28.
At interview applicants had to demonstrate academic ability and the aptitude to become team players and leaders.
The ICE stresses that the awards are scholarships, not sponsorships. They are only made to students who show a firm commitment to a career in civil engineering and candidates are chosen on all-round ability - academic, cultural and sporting.
Sixteen scholarships have been awarded outside the partnering scheme, two of which are fully funded by the CF Lunoe Trust. One is funded by the Worshipful Company of Paviors, and two - yet to be awarded - will be made at the Engineering University of Lahore, funded by ICE fellow Ghulam Haider.
Companies interested in joining the scheme should email marcia. blake @ice. org. uk.
For more information about QUEST scholarships, visit the ICE website.
The QUEST scholars 2003 Balfour Beatty Benjamin Goddard - Nottingham David Holmes - Bristol Carillion Angela Beckwith - Southampton Daniel Bullock - Nottingham GallifordTry Paul Dickens - Bristol Andrew Kosinski - Imperial Hyder Anna-Lisa Duncombe - Nottingham Paul Griffiths - Bristol John Heelham - Cambridge KBR Phillipe Moutousamy - Bath Laing O'Rourke Rosie Barford - Cambridge Martin Bristow - Nottingham Callum Buchan - Heriot Watt Angela Crowther - Bath Robert Galloway - UMIST Rosalind Jackson - Birmingham Stuart Latimer - Glasgow Havanna Radford - Southampton Kathryn Trout - Nottingham Sir Robert McAlpine Alexander Hinxman - Cardiff Mark O'Donohue - Coventry Kate Palmer - Nottingham Chidebere Ugboaja - Kingston Hamish Payne - Edinburgh Tony Gee and Partners Daniel Gallagher - Glasgow Iain Manson - Strathclyde Paviors (top scholar) David Dalgado - Imperial CF Lunoe Trust Gareth Ellison - Nottingham Trent Elizabeth Nedin - Bath Ardmore Lucy Thomas - Oxford ICE Quest Emily Blows - Nottingham Anthony Buckley-Thorp - Imperial Michael Crowley - Glamorgan Thomas Eccles - UMIST Sally Guscott - Bristol Charles Hogg - Cambridge Emma Kent - Nottingham Nicola Kilip - UMIST Hugh Pidduck - Imperial Dermot Skinnader - North West Institute of Higher Education Terry Yip - Cambridge