A leading car manufacturer is working with Wales’ biggest university to help fund the next generation of engineers.
Ford has given Cardiff University £100,000 to provide 10 of its most promising engineers and scientists with scholarships. The Ford Blue Oval scholarship programme offers sponsorship, over three years, to undergraduates from a selection of courses at the UK’s leading universities.
Unveiled by William Clay Ford, great-grandson of company founder Henry Ford, the scheme recognises the skills fundamental to the economy and Ford’s future industrial base. The £1m university programme goes live in September and comes as Ford of Britain celebrates 100 years as a leading marketing and sales operation in the UK.
Professor Derek Jones, Cardiff University’s director of business and strategic partnerships, said: “Cardiff University is delighted to be selected by Ford as one of a small number of UK universities – and the only University in Wales – to receive these prestigious new scholarships.
“The scholarship programme shows great vision by Ford. It will provide 10 Cardiff students in a variety of subjects from engineering, science, manufacturing technology, applied mathematics and computer science with essential financial support towards their studies.
“These scholarships will help encourage a new generation of engineers, scientists and innovators and confirms Cardiff’s reputation as one of the UK’s leading universities for innovation.” The new scholarships will build on existing partnerships and research collaborations between the university and Ford’s hi-tech engine plant in Bridgend.