Falkirk student earns top engineering award

Christian accepts his scholarship from Group Commander Hunt and Scott Witting, President of the Whitworth Society
Christian accepts his scholarship from Group Commander Hunt and Scott Witting, President of the Whitworth Society

A Falkirk student is making his mark in the world of engineering.

Top trainee Christian East has been named one of the country’s brightest talents after winning a prestigious scholarship from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

The 21-year-old from Foxdale Place in Bonnybridge studied at Forth Valley College’s Falkirk Campus. He was presented with the Whitworth Scholarship which will contribute £2500 a year towards his industrial engineering chemical degree at Heriot-Watt University. The scholarship was awarded to just 14 students from across the UK at a ceremony in London.

President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Group Commander Mark Hunt, said: “Christian has proven himself to be one of the best young engineers in the country and I was delighted to present him with his undergraduate scholarship. At a time when the UK is facing a huge skills gap when it comes to young engineers, it’s fantastic to see young people like him taking their first steps in the profession.

“Engineers are vitally important to the UK economy. They design and develop everything from the cars we drive to the medical equipment used in our hospitals. I am confident that Christian will enjoy a successful and exciting career in engineering.”

The Institution is committed to offering financial support to the very best apprentices to help them gain a university degree. The Whitworth Scholarship Awards are focussed on enabling outstanding young engineers who have excellent academic and practical skills and shown the talent to succeed in the industry to take an engineering degree-level programme in any engineering discipline.

It was established in 1847 and has some of the world’s greatest engineers in its history books.