Formula One legend Johnny Herbert (pictured) awarded scholarships to students at the University of Bolton as part of an exciting initiative to train motorsport talent of the future.
The scholarships aim to give youngsters the best opportunity to move into the exciting world of F1.
Herbert, who won three grands prix and spent 12 seasons at the top level of the sport, said: “These scholarships are so important to help students from all backgrounds continue to study at the University of Bolton.”
He was at the University’s state of the art National Centre for Motorsport Engineering (NCME) at a special ceremony with invited VIPs to hand out the scholarships.
Three benefactors, Bob Fernley, Jonathan Kendrick and Vijay Mallya have teamed up with the University to fund the cost and see three students through their undergraduate and MSc courses at NCME.
They have lent their corporate names to the following bursaries:
- The Northern Powerhouse ROKiT STEM Scholarships (Two MSc courses) – Jonathan Kendrick
- The Northern Powerhouse Kingfisher STEM Scholarship (One undergraduate degree course) – Vijay Mallya
The young people who received the awards were students Emily Platt and Chris Njogu, who both graduated in the summer and are now studying Master’s degrees, plus new undergraduate Daniel McIlroy.
Emily, aged 22, from Cheshire, who graduated in automotive performance engineering, said: “I was gobsmacked when I found out that I had been successful in applying for the scholarship.
“It means so much. It is a recognition of the hard work I have put in over many years. I love studying at Bolton, the people are fantastic and the course is great.
Chris, also 22, from Sheffield, who graduated in motorsport technology, said: “This scholarship gives me the opportunity to spend more time studying, otherwise I would have had to look for another job to help me financially.”
Bob Fernley, who is President of the FIA Single Seater Commission and former deputy team principal of the Force India F1 team, added: “I wanted to introduce a scholarship programme to help young people who couldn’t afford to go or wouldn’t have the opportunity.”
The sponsors supporting the project, Jonathan Kendrick, a keen sponsor in Formula One and many other motor racing series and Vijay Mallya, former co-owner of the Force India F1 Team, have worked at the highest level in motor racing.
But they are concerned about the lack of diversity and opportunities for disadvantaged youngsters in a sport famed for its costs and worry that may deter even the brightest and most enthusiastic youngsters and have co-operated with the University of Bolton, which will waive fees for the three chosen students, to seek out the talent of tomorrow.
Professor George E Holmes DL, President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Bolton, said: “This is a watershed moment for this university. The great universities need industry support.
“We have civic support, we have community support, we have industry support and we have the platform for take-off. This building is about wonderful engineers delivering to industry for years and years to come.
“Our students will be in pole position, ready to take on the race of life.”