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The Spitfire Society pledges continued support for high-achieving Engineering students

Published: 28 February 2022
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Three high-achieving Southampton  Engineering students will receive financial support to help them excel in their Aeronautics and Astronautics degrees, thanks to the continued support of generous donors The Spitfire Society

The Society has already awarded prizes to three Southampton MEng Aeronautics and Astronautics students since 2018, and has recently pledged to renew its support to another three students over the next three years. 

Originally founded in 1984 by late Group Captain David J Green, the Society linked people throughout the world whose lives had been affected by the legendary Spitfire aeroplane. It has now been expanded to support the interest of many aviation enthusiasts and included in this is the funding of The Spitfire Society Award. 

The Award aims to help support the successful recipients with financial funding that allows them to focus the majority of their time on their studies during the crucial final years of their degree. It is given to the student who receives the highest cumulative mark from Year 1 and Year 2, at the final discretion of the Aeronautics and Astronautics department. The successful student receives a scholarship payment at the beginning of their third and fourth year of study. 

Previous award winner Laura Brady, a third year student on the MEng Aeronautics/Astronautics with Spacecraft Engineering programme, said: “I am incredibly grateful for the support of The Spitfire Society during my studies. In an academic year that relies so heavily on online studying and the use of complex engineering software, the grant has helped me get the technology needed to work from home efficiently. I'm also looking forward to attending more industry events in the coming year thanks to the award.”

Fellow award winner Alfie Lockrey, a fourth year student on the MEng Aeronautics and Astronautics/Materials and Structures programme, added: “The generous award provided by The Spitfire Society has enabled me to focus more on my studies and hobbies in the last few months. With more places opening back up, I have been able to take time off from working my usual weekend job and get out of the house and explore Southampton – helping me to come back more focused and refreshed - ready to work on exams, revision, coursework, and job applications. 

“Alongside the grant, the recognition of the work I had put in last year has provided me a great deal of motivation to continue at it; despite not previously being driven by results, I am more determined than ever to do well. Once again, thank you to The Spitfire Society and their generosity, I look forward to seeing how their other awards and grants help others both at the University and in the field!”

Find out how The Spitfire Society Award has been helping previous award winner by watching this video.



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