The 2022 Claas UK Scholarship for a Harper Adams University student has been awarded to Molly Robson, who is studying for a BEng in Agricultural Engineering and is the first female student to win the award.
Now in its 16th year, the Claas UK Scholarship was instigated in 2005 at the personal request of Helmut Claas and is awarded annually to a Year 2 Engineering Student at Harper Adams University.
As this year’s Claas Scholar, Ms Robson will receive £3,000 towards her education costs each academic year. In addition, she will do an initial three-month placement with a Claas dealership ahead of a 12 month paid placement at the Claas headquarters in Harsewinkel, Germany. She will work within the Advanced Functional Testing Department, focusing on harvesting machinery.
Prior to attending Harper Adams, Ms Robson studied at Askham Bryan College for a Level 3 Advanced Technical Extended Diploma in Land Based Engineering. She is from a farming background and lives with her family on an arable farm in Darlington. When she’s not studying, she enjoys racing a V8 stock car, a sport she has been actively involved in since she was 12.
Summing up how she felt, Ms Robson 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!”
As well as sponsoring this scheme, Claas has close ties to Harper Adams through the Claas Foundation and by sponsoring PhD thesis and research work at the University and providing work placement opportunities for a number of students.