Student’s scholarship success

Published on 5 February 2019

Civil Engineering student Callum Ritchie saw off competition from around 200 applicants from across the United Kingdom to secure a Quest Scholarship from the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE)

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A Civil Engineering student is building for his future after being awarded a prestigious scholarship.

The first-year undergraduate from Blairgowrie will be supported throughout his studies at the University’s School of Science and Engineering after being selected for a Quest Scholarship from the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) by leading construction group Morgan Sindall.

Given the fierce competition for the scholarship, Callum admits that he was stunned to be selected.

He said, “I received an email late at night that was marked urgent and when I opened it it said that Morgan Sindall had accepted me for an ICE scholarship. It was an unbelievable feeling.

“Obviously the financial element is a massive boost to me, but the scheme also gives me access to paid work experience by undertaking paid placements during the summer.

“This will give me the opportunity to get hands-on experience and help to build my reputation, which will hopefully give me an advantage when I graduate.”

Callum applied for the scholarship before beginning University last September, with the ICE Quest scheme awarding funding of up to £8,000 to help students with their studies.

Despite a rigorous application process, Callum admits that the financial assistance and career opportunities he has secured will help him with his studies.

“The application was four pages long, so quite lengthy, and the questions were related to civil engineering,” he continued.

“They also wanted to know a bit about my character, extra-curricular activities that I’m involved in, and why I wanted to get involved in civil engineering.

“It was a tough process but I’m so glad that I went through it all.

“I’ve always wanted to be a civil engineer and this scholarship is going to help me to fulfil that ambition.”


Press Office, University of Dundee

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