Engineer scholarship honour for former Modern School pupil

Damian Coveney, from Kempston, who has won a scholarship from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Damian Coveney, from Kempston, who has won a scholarship from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

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A Kempston man has won a prestigious scholarship from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Damian Coveney, who attended Bedford Modern School, has won the Undergraduate Scholarship which will contribute towards his engineering degree at Imperial College London. The scholarship is worth £8,000, with Damian receiving £2,000 each year. The scholarship was presented to the top engineering students in the UK at a ceremony at the Institution’s headquarters in London on Wednesday, September 30.

Professor Richard Folkson, president of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, said: “Damian has proven himself to be one of the most promising young engineers and I was delighted to present him with an Undergraduate Scholarship Award.

“As the UK continues to face a huge skills crisis when it comes to young engineers, it’s a pleasure to see young people like Damian already making a difference in the field.

“Engineers are of great importance. We need to continue to highlight the need for science and engineering in the UK and recognise its importance to the economy.

“I am confident that Damian will enjoy a successful and exciting career in engineering.”

In 1944 James Clayton of Torquay (member 1901-1944), formerly Chief Engineer, Messrs Courtaulds Ltd, bequeathed a considerable sum of money to the institution for the purpose of encouraging mechanical engineering science. It is from this bequest that the James Clayton Awards, James Clayton Undergraduate Scholarships and other general institution prizes and awards are derived.

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers was established in 1847 and has some of the world’s greatest engineers in its history books. It currently has about 110,000 members, representing mechanical engineers involved in a diversity of fields such as the automotive, rail, aerospace, medical, power and construction industries.

Damian was presented with his award by Professor Folkson.