Alison wins prestigious scholarship to help engineer a bright future

Alison Skea, one of six Douglas Bomford Trust scholarship recipients.
Alison Skea, one of six Douglas Bomford Trust scholarship recipients.

An engineering student from Forfar has been awarded a prestigious scholarship to help her to progress with her studies.

Alison Skea is one of just six students nationally to receive a £1,500 award from the Douglas Bomford Trust, through the Harper Adams University Development Trust.

Alison, 22, a former Forfar Academy pupil, said: “I am extremely grateful to the committee for choosing me to be their scholar.

“I have spent the last few years working in France and Austria trying to gather as much knowledge and experience as possible to help towards my degree.

“I would like to thank the trust for their support and encouragement. I’m not sure how I will use the money but I do know that as much as I can, I will invest in myself, to learn new skills or languages or engage in new experiences.”

A second year BEng (Hons) Agricultural Engineering student, Alison has also had a placement offer from farm machinery manufacturer Claas, which will involve six months at the company’s base in Le Mans, France, and six months at Harsewinkel in Germany.

Alison will also spend this summer learning about the company at its UK base before working overseas.

She added: “I am very excited about this new step in my career and look forward to the challenges that come my way. I am interested to learn how companies and, more specifically, factories operate on a large scale. I would like to know as much as possible about every aspect of a business: from design, to manufacture, to service, to parts, to sales and marketing. I am particularly interested in the European market and being able to communicate freely in French, German and Spanish.”

The trust provides funding to allow students to pursue training and education, encourage the sharing of knowledge and maintain professional standards.