F1 champion to sponsor Spanish students at Brookes

Wednesday, 21 February 2007

Spanish racing driver Fernando Alonso to sponsor twelve Spanish motorsport engineering students.

Spanish Formula One racing driver and current world champion Fernando Alonso today revealed plans to provide sponsorship for twelve Spanish students to study motor sport engineering at Oxford Brookes University.

Speaking at a press conference in Madrid, 25-year-old Alonso explained his plans to support Spanish students to study motor sport engineering, saying that Oxford Brookes had been selected for the partnership because "it is the most prestigious university offering expertise in this area".

Oxford Brookes enjoys close and well-established links with the motorsport industry, resulting in courses which are tailored to the needs of the industry as well as research, and students who are invaluable to the industry's development.

Alonso was joined in Madrid by Dr Denise Morrey, Dean of the School of Technology at Oxford Brookes, who said: "Fernando is concerned that there is a shortage of Spanish engineers in the motor sport industry, and it is exciting that he has chosen to invest in building up this area of expertise in Spain. As a racing driver, he has recognised the importance of engineering to the world of motor sports, and this investment should have a great knock on effect for Spain's economy."

Alonso, two time world champion, asked his private sponsor, the Spanish bank CajAstur, to provide funding for Spanish students to study for a one years masters course in either Racing Engine Design or Motorsport Engineering at Oxford Brookes.

CajAstur has agreed to cover the tuition fees for twelve students as well as up to 36,000 Euros each for living expenses. Candidates chosen to receive the 'CajAstur Fernando Alonso' scholarships will be able to begin their studies in September 2007. Applications will be judged by a panel which will include the President of the Spanish Confederation of University Rectors (or leaders), University presidents from across Spain, and Dr Denise Morrey from Oxford Brookes.

Photo (from left): Mr. Manuel Menendez, President of Cajastur bank, Dr Denise Morrey from Oxford Brookes, Mr Fernando Alonso and Mr Juan Vazquez (President of the Conference of Spanish Universities Rectors (Presidents) CRUE).