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Ford drive Southampton’s future engineers and scientists with £1m scholarship programme

Published: 27 January 2012
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The Ford Blue Oval Scholarship Programme will provide sponsorships over a three-year period of £10,0

Students from the University of Southampton are amongst a select group to benefit from a new scheme aimed at helping to develop 100 of the UK’s next generation of engineers, scientists and innovators.

The Ford Blue Oval Scholarship Programme will provide sponsorships over a three-year period of £10,000 each for 10 Southampton students pursuing degrees in engineering, science and technology.

 Announced by William Clay Ford, great-grandson of Henry Ford and executive chairman of Ford Motor Company, the £1 million scholarship programme recognises the skills that are fundamental to Ford’s future industrial base, the rebalancing of the UK economy and long-term economic success.

“I am delighted that Ford has selected the University of Southampton to be a potential recipient of these scholarships which will be of huge benefit to some of our brightest students,” said University of Southampton Vice-Chancellor, Professor Don Nutbeam. “They will also have significant positive impact in promoting both study at this University and a future career in the automotive industry.”

Southampton joins an exclusive group of leading UK universities to benefit from Ford’s generosity. Other universities involved include Bath, Bradford, Brunel, Cardiff, East Anglia, Imperial College London, Loughborough, Nottingham, Strathclyde, Surrey and Warwick.

Ford of Britain is celebrating both 100 years as a leading marketing and sales operation in the UK, reinforcing its relationship with a country which has made it the market leader in car sales for 35 consecutive years and the commercial vehicle sales leader for 46 years.

More information about the Ford Blue Oval Scholarship Programme can be found at

Further details regarding eligibility and other criteria will be made available shortly.

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