Molly Robson has become the first female to win the Harper Adams University 2022 CLAAS UK Scholarship.
She lives on her family’s arable farm and is studying for a BEng in Agricultural Engineering.
Now in its 16th year, the CLAAS UK Scholarship was instigated in 2005 at the personal request of Helmut Claas.
It is awarded annually to a year two engineering student at Harper Adams University.
CLAAS UK Scholarship
This year’s CLAAS Scholar will receive £3,000 towards her education costs each academic year.
In addition, Molly will do an initial three-month placement with a CLAAS UK-owned dealership.
Then, she will undertake a 12-month paid placement at the CLAAS headquarters at Harsewinkel in Germany. Here, she will work within the advanced functional testing department, focussing on harvesting machinery.
Molly studied a level 3 advanced technical extended diploma in land-based engineering at Askham Bryan College.
Summing up on how she felt to be awarded this year’s CLAAS Scholarship, Molly commented:
“To be a CLAAS scholar and have my placement with the company, is something I have wanted to achieve since I started my journey in the world of agricultural engineering.”
“I am beyond excited for this opportunity, and I cannot wait to start this experience,” she said.
Opportunity of a lifetime
Doris Taylor, head of development at Harper Adams University, said:
“The CLAAS UK Scholarship offers the opportunity of a lifetime to students in their second year of an engineering degree at Harper Adams University.”
“Very well done to Molly on being selected to be this year’s recipient and the first female to receive this sought-after award.”
“We are most grateful to CLAAS for their long-standing support of our students and their investment in the engineers of the future.”
CLAAS UK has enjoyed “close ties” with Harper Adams for many years. This is both through the CLAAS Foundation and via sponsorship of a PhD thesis and research work at the University.
CLAAS also provides work placement opportunities for several students each year. It then rewards many with training and career opportunities at CLAAS UK.