Do YOU want to change the world? Think you could offer a fresh look at the biggest issues affecting societies today - poverty, the environment, energy and transport?


If YOU choose engineering or science as a career, YOU could transform your life - and the lives of future generations.

Theodore Von Karman, an aerospace engineer, said:

Scientists discover the world that exists, engineers create the world that never was.

About to turn 16? Then you are undoubtedly facing a difficult decision to choose options which could determine your whole working life. No pressure there then! If you enjoy maths and science, then there is a whole range of degrees and careers waiting out there for you. However, selecting the ideal course is more than simply achieving your grades. The type of person you are, your hopes for the future, the positive impact you wish to make on society are also important when seeking the best course.

Engineering and science courses offer you the potential to head out into the world confident, highly-skilled, in demand and with the qualifications to walk into some of the most exciting jobs around today. How many times have you heard adults moan about their boring jobs, their limited opportunities and low wages? Well, whatever your personality - creative, highly-focused, a problem-solver, a good communicator - engineering or science has something to suit you.

As an engineer or scientist you will have the capability to benefit societies across the globe with projects aimed at improving infrastructures, reducing pollution, developing new sources of energy or more efficient transport systems. If you are not happy with the way the world is heading then, as an engineer or scientist, you will have the capacity to change things -- for the better. An degree will also help ensure you are equipped with many of the skills needed to succeed in life such as a logical approach to problem-solving, effective communications and an ability to think "outside of the box''.

Studying engineering or science and working on team projects will also benefit your management skills which will be highly prized by potential employers. And let's not forget the financial rewards. While you may have to get your head down now and then, you'll soon earn enough to really let your hair down too!

Start thinking today about life as an engineer or scientist. What have you got to lose?

If YOU think you could be an engineer or scientist, you're thinking of entering 6th form or college next year and planning on studying a related subjects such as maths, sciences, product design at A Level or Level 3 STEM diploma at college then apply now for the Post 16 Award and YOU could be the winner of £200.00 cash. Please note the closing date is 31st May 2024.

The criterion to apply to win one of the bursaries is listed below.


Award Application

There are a number of REACT Foundation Post 16 prizes of £200 available for West Cumbrian students. To be in with a chance of winning the prize, the student needs to complete a short application form. The REACT Foundation may contact the school and request a reference to support the application of a shortlisted applicant.

The criterion is that the student must be intending to study STEM subjects in Sixth Form, such as Maths and a Science, or study towards a Level 3 STEM diploma in Engineering, Applied Science or Nuclear Engineering and Science in the next academic year. The student should also have home address in a West Cumbria post code area (Copeland or Allerdale).

The Board of Trustees anticipates making a number of awards annually but reserve the right not to issue any, should the applications not meet the required standard.

Please note that the decision of the Board of Trustees is final. 

If you are interested in the Post 16  Award, then please complete the Award Application Form.

You may want to have the following details to hand before you start to complete the form.

  • Your place of birth (Town, County or Country).
  • Details of School, subjects, predicted results, other Awards, Youth Organisations, Hobbies etc.
  • Proposed plans for 6th form or college.
  • Short personal statement detailing why you deserve to win this award and what difference will winning this award make to you.

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