Three benefactors have teamed up with the University to fund the £150,000 cost of propelling three disadvantaged youngsters into the exciting world of Formula One.

Vijay Mallya, the former team principal of the Force India F1 team and Bob Fernley, his former deputy, have allied with Jonathan Kendrick, a Formula One sponsor, and the University to see three students through their three-year course thanks to the support of the following bursaries:

  • The UoB STEM Scholarship – Associate of the University of Bolton
  • The Kingfisher STEM Scholarship – Vijay Mallya
  • The ROKiT STEM Scholarship – Jonathan Kendrick

The Northern Powerhouse STEM Scholarships will enable the students to enjoy free education at the National Centre for Motorsport Engineering from September 2021. 

Fernley, Mallya and Kendrick have worked at the highest level in motor racing, but became acutely aware of the lack of diversity and opportunities for disadvantaged youngsters in a sport famed for its costs and Lewis Hamilton, the seven-times Formula One world champion, has often spoken of his wish for more diversity in motorsport.

 Professor George E Holmes DL, Vice-Chancellor, said:

“The University of Bolton understands the role that education takes in helping social mobility, which is an absolutely critical part of the Northern Powerhouse strategy.

“I want to thank everyone involved in making these scholarships a reality. They will provide life-changing opportunities for three young people and help to launch them into a successful future.”

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