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Engineer Molly named as 2022 Harper Adams CLAAS UK scholarship recipient

Posted 12 January

“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 also the first female to receive this sought-after award."

A young woman – Molly Robson – in front of a CLAAS tractor outside the Harper Adams University main building.

The recipient of the prestigious Harper Adams University 2022 CLAAS UK Scholarship has been named as Molly Robson - the first female student to win the award.

The Scholarship, which was instigated in 2005 at the personal request of Helmut Claas, is awarded annually to a Year 2 Engineering Student at the University.

As this year’s CLAAS Scholar, BEng (Hons) Agricultural Engineering student Molly will receive £3,000 towards her education costs each academic year.

In addition, she will carry out an initial three months placement with a CLAAS UK owned dealership, prior to a year-long paid placement at the CLAAS headquarters at Harsewinkel in Germany.

Here, she will be working within the Advanced Functional Testing Department, focussing on harvesting machinery.

Before attending Harper Adams, Molly studied at Askham Bryan College for a Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Land Based Engineering.

Molly is from a farming background and lives with her family on an arable farm in Darlington.  When she’s not studying, Molly enjoys racing a V8 stock car, a sport she has been actively involved in since she was 12.

Molly said: “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!”

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 also the first female to receive this sought-after award.

“Molly will benefit from not only the generous financial support provided by CLAAS, but the chance to work and live in Germany, gaining valuable industry experience at the CLAAS HQ. We are most grateful to CLAAS for their long-standing support of our students and for their investment in the engineers of the future.” 

CLAAS UK has enjoyed very close ties with Harper Adams for many years - both through the CLAAS Foundation, and via sponsorship of PhD thesis and research work at the University.

CLAAS also provides work placement opportunities for a number of students each year, with many going on after graduation to be awarded training and career opportunities at CLAAS UK.

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