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Two Shetland students awarded with ‘Futures’ engineering scholarships

May 31, 2022
Ocean Kinetics Scholarship winners
Ocean Kinetics has today, awarded two Shetland students with a scholarship opportunity which will assist with their engineering studies at university. 

Over the duration of their studies, Ocean Kinetics will provide Elsie Msalila and James Rendall each with an annual bursary of £3000, personal mentoring, paid summer work experience at Ocean Kinetics, and the possibility of a graduate engineering position at the company. By offering these scholarships, Ocean Kinetics aims to diversify its team and provide more opportunities for young graduates on Shetland.

Elsie plans to study mechatronics at the University of Glasgow, while James has options to study mechanical engineering at Edinburgh Napier University and Glasgow Caledonian University.

“This is a brilliant opportunity from Ocean Kinetics – one that I’m proud to be a part of,” said Elsie. “This initiative shows the company’s dedication to supporting our local community and investing in our young people, which is so important for the future of Shetland.”

Elsie added: “I want to be in an environment that pushes me to develop my understanding of new concepts and skills, and I think the Ocean Kinetics Futures scholarship will provide exactly that.”

“Having the support of a scholarship means I can live comfortably on the mainland”, said James. “The summer work experience will also provide me with invaluable practical skills.”

John Henderson, managing director of Ocean Kinetics, said: “This is the first time we have offered a scholarship opportunity and we can already see the many benefits it will bring to the students, to Ocean Kinetics, and to the wider Shetland community.”

John concluded: “Both students have demonstrated a commitment to their engineering studies and career, so we’re very much looking forward to working with James and Elsie over the next few years.”

This initiative is part of Ocean Kinetics’ Futures programme, which aims to celebrate the many young people who play such an important role in the company. Other projects involved in the campaign have included Q&A sessions with Ocean Kinetics’ staff, gifting sponsors with branded merchandise, and recruiting a graduate trainee to join the Ocean Kinetics team.

The scholarship considered Shetland students planning to study a STEM subject (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) at HND or degree level.

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