Caterpillar awards six scholarships to City students
The Caterpillar Foundation is awarding scholarships worth more than £16.5k to engineering undergraduates at City University London in 2010, supporting the studies of six academically excellent students who are experiencing financial hardship.
Established in 1952 by Caterpillar - the world's largest maker of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines and industrial gas turbines - the Caterpillar Foundation has distributed almost $200 million to support education, health and human services and civic, cultural and environmental causes.
Caterpillar has a long-standing relationship with City, collaborating on a Government-sponsored project to reduce the emissions of diesel engines between 2005 and 2008, and awarding six scholarships to City students each year since 2007, totalling almost £37k.
"We are extremely grateful for the ongoing funding that the Caterpillar Foundation provides to our students. It is vital for universities to maintain strong links with industry and encouraging to see enterprise support excellence amongst the next generation of engineers."
Professor Ken Grattan, Conjoint Dean of City's School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences and School of Informatics
Eugene Savin, a City Computer Systems Engineering graduate, received a Caterpillar Scholarship in 2008 and also completed an internship at the company's Research and Solutions division. Since then, he has helped to start a green technology company and secured a role as an Application Support Analyst at Direct Execution Services, part of UBS Investment Bank.
Savin says: "The Caterpillar Scholarship and the internship that followed allowed me to gain a broader range of skills and add very important experiences to my CV. It has generated opportunities for me that wouldn't have been otherwise accessible. I believe that getting the scholarship has accelerated my career growth."
The six chosen students - Mohamed Zameer, Priya Talwar, Dragan Gavrilov, Prerit Jain, Cen Zhao and Beth Shrubsall - were presented with their scholarship certificates by Gwenne A. Henricks, Vice President, Caterpillar, during a recent ceremony at City.
Henricks comments: "City was the first University in the UK that the Caterpillar Foundation developed a relationship with. As we look ahead to a low carbon future, the quality of our people - and therefore our continued support for engineering students - will be critical."
The Caterpillar Foundation scholarships are amongst an increasing range of financial aids available to engineering students at City - over the last year, the University has launched the Ludwik Finkelstein and N'Ions Bursary Funds.