Local students are being given the opportunity to apply for a study scholarship which will be awarded in the name of Newmarket-born Second World War codebreaker Bill Tutte.
The award is the idea of members of the Bill Tutte Memorial working group who later this year will see the culmination of nearly three years work when a sculpture commemorating the work of the Bletchley Park genius is unveiled on the town’s Rutland Hill.
Through their fundraising enough money has been collected to pay for the tribute and to fund a scholarship for a local student to study maths or computer science at university.
Group member Rachel Wood said; “The Bill Tutte Memorial will be a great way to introduce people to the life and achievements of Bill Tutte, but we always wanted it to be more, and it’s fantastic that we are able to offer this scholarship as a living memorial to a true local hero.
“Our aim is to give talented young mathematicians a helping hand at the very start of their careers and of course we are hoping that we might find the next Bill Tutte. Bill Tutte was given a bike by a local Cheveley charity trust when he won his scholarship to school in Cambridge. This bicycle gave him the chance to change his life and ultimately the course of history. The scholarship is a modern version of this and who knows what the winning candidates will go on to achieve?”
The winning candidate will receive at least £1,000 a year to support their university studies for up to three years. They should be in their final year at school, and particular requirements including living within five miles of the Tutte memorial, achieve at least an A grade at A-level in maths and have been offered a place at a British university to read maths or computer science,
Applicants will be interviewed in September by a selection panel including Fellow of the Royal Society, Professor David Buckingham, former professor of chemistry at Trinity College, Cambridge.
For more information and an application form go to http://billtuttememorial.org.uk/scholarship/.