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Seventy civils students win Quest scholarships

Nearly 70 scholarships worth £660,000 have been awarded to the “brightest and best” civil engineering students this year, through ICE’s QUEST Undergraduate Scholarship.

QUEST - or the Queen’s Jubilee Scholarship Trust - was set up to encourage gifted students to choose civil engineering as a career.

Over 30,000 ICE members contribute to QUEST when paying their subscriptions to help ensure the profession continues to attract the best talent and can meet the future challenges facing the industry.

The scholarships, awarded to students who have just started civil engineering degree courses, provide £2,500 per year for a fouryear course or up to a maximum of £10,000 if the course is longer.

A total of £660,000 will be paid out to these students in the coming years, an increase on last year following the QUEST committee’s decision to increase support in light of the current economic climate and the increase in university fees.

Nearly 70 scholarships worth £660,000 have been awarded to the “brightest and best” civil engineering students this year

Eighteen of the scholarships are fully funded by QUEST and 1 is funded by the CF Lunoe Trust. These scholarships do not involve company partnership and students organise their own summer work placements with civil engineering employers.

Forty seven of the scholarships are in partnership with a participating company.

These employers contribute to each student’s annual scholarship payment and provide them with a work placement every summer to gain experience, potentially leading to employment with the company on graduation.

Companies that took part this year were Atkins, Balfour Beatty, Bam Nuttall, Buro Happold, Enterprise Mouchel, Farrans Construction, Galliford Try, Graham, Interserve Construction, John Sisk & Son, Laing O’Rourke, Morgan Sindall, Mott MacDonald, Network Rail, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Skanska, Tony Gee & Partners and Vinci.

Applications for next year’s QUEST scholarships can be made from April 2013.

See the QUEST website for details on making applications for next year: Civil engineering companies interested in becoming a participating company should contact

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