£25,000 .. and a dream summer job for Peter!

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A Ballymena student has secured a prestigious scholarship opportunity with one of the world’s leading defence manufacturers.

Peter McNeill, who is studying Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Queen’s, has been awarded the scholarship by BAE Systems, which is the UK’s biggest employer of professional engineers.

The scholarship package, which is worth £25,000, includes financial support as well as the opportunity to spend each summer working for the Company.

It is awarded through the Power Academy Scholarship Scheme, which is a UK wide scheme open to students of electrical and electronic engineering at 7 UK universities, including Queen’s University.

Peter, a past pupil of Ballymena Academy who is in the third year of his studies, will be heading off soon to work for BAE Systems in Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria for the summer.

Commenting on the scholarship, Peter said: “It is great to not only get financial support during my studies but also to have the opportunity to put the theory I learn in the degree into practice, through summer work placements with the Company.”

Professor Stan Scott, Head of the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Queens said: “I should like to congratulate Peter on receiving this scholarship and wish him all the best in his future career as an electrical and electronics engineer. I am confident Peter will benefit greatly from working there each summer during his degree studies.”

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