Emilio was given a financial award during his final year at Newark. He writes:
"I am very much into making, so I made several instruments during my third year at the Newark School of Violin Making.
I mainly used my award to buy wood and fittings for my third year cello, which was based on the cut-down Francesco Ruggeri from the Royal Academy of Music in London. That way, I could have some very nice wood and good quality fittings and strings.
It was a great experience to make that cello and I'm thankful for my award that helped me achieve that project."