Chipping Norton student wins Owen Mumford university scholarship

October 13, 2014 |

Owen Mumford University ScholarshipJoseph Jaffé being congratulated by Owen Mumford on his successful application for their university scholarship. Joseph is applying to study a degree in Engineering in 2015. Left to right: Mark Owen (Chairman), Joseph Jaffé and Modestino Graziano (Group Operations Director).

Joseph Jaffé (17), an A Level student at the Chipping Norton School has just been awarded a four year university scholarship by Owen Mumford to support his studies on an Engineering degree course starting autumn 2015.

The undergraduate scholarship scheme was offered by the company to sixth formers at Chipping Norton School and The Marlborough School (Woodstock) earlier this year to help a committed and high achieving A Level student who planned to study Engineering at university. Joseph was one of a group of students who applied after attending an open day at the company’s manufacturing site in Chipping Norton, which gave them a chance to see Owen Mumford’s hi-tech engineering in action. From applications received, a shortlist was drawn up and candidates were asked to make a presentation on “Why Engineering is Important” to an interview panel.

The judges, which included Modestino Graziano (Group Operations Director), Chris Skinner (Industrialisation Manager) and Emma Willoughby (HR Manager) listened to Joseph’s presentation with great interest as he covered a range of complex engineering projects and assessed their effect on our lives. Modestino Graziano said about Joseph’s success:

“Joseph is an exceptional candidate who demonstrated a genuine and engaging curiosity about how everything works as well as a real enthusiasm for change and making improvement – characteristics we regard as essential for future engineers. We were impressed by his maturity, particularly given his age and the way he presented himself as well as the quality of the ideas in his presentation. Joseph has the potential to make a fine engineering graduate and we are very pleased to be supporting such a strong candidate.”

Owen Mumford has had a longstanding relationship with schools in Oxfordshire and is delighted to sponsor this exciting new university scholarship scheme – which it is committed to offering annually. The award includes financial assistance with tuition fees and expenses plus access to available resources at Owen Mumford to facilitate studies on the degree course.

Joseph said: “I am delighted to be given this fantastic opportunity by Owen Mumford. The scholarship means I can set my sights on one of the best degrees in the country. I am applying to Cambridge, Bristol, Warwick, Sheffield and Exeter universities, all of whom offer great engineering courses. My parents are very proud of what I’ve achieved and I am overwhelmed by the support that Owen Mumford is offering me.”