58 bright British state school students from low and middle income backgrounds have won places at prestigious US universities through the Sutton Trust US Programme.

Of the successful students, three-quarters (74%) are from families in the lowest income band (under £25k p.a) and half (48%) have claimed free school meals or educational maintenance allowance. Across their four years of study, the students will receive over $14m of financial support from US institutions and scholarships with many of them graduating debt-free.

Details of the successful students were announced as they met US Ambassador Matthew Barzun at a reception at his London residence, Winfield House, on Thursday 9 July. The reception celebrated the students’ achievements and the success of the Sutton Trust’s US Programme, run in conjunction with the US-UK Fulbright Commission.

The aim of the US Programme is to encourage academically talented, low and middle income British students to consider studying at American universities. Last summer, all 58 students participated in the Sutton Trust’s US Summer School at either the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT),Yale University, or Harvard University.

The participants all benefited from residential activities and received an intensive programme of support, including help with applications, college choices and admissions tests.

The students will be enrolling at 39 different colleges in 18 states; 19 of these students will be attending an Ivy League Institution. Seven students received highly-competitive and prestigious merit scholarships including the Morehead-Cain Scholarship at UNC-Chapel Hill and the Woodruff Scholarship at Emory University.

150 state school students have been selected from 3,700 initial applicants to take part in the Sutton Trust’s US Summer School this August.

The programme is made possible through support from its founding corporate sponsor, Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Their investment is matched by Peter Baldwin and Lisbet Rausing who have supported the programme since its launch. The programme is also supported by an anonymous donor, the London Stock Exchange, Big Change and EducationUSA.

Sir Peter Lampl, Chairman of the Sutton Trust and of the Education Endowment Foundation, said today: 

“I am delighted that 58 students out of 175 from our 2014 US programme have been offered places at top American universities. It’s wonderful to see students from low and middle income families getting the opportunity to enjoy the breadth and depth offered by US degree programmes, which have long been popular amongst those from UK private schools. The level of financial aid available to students on our programme means many will be able to graduate debt-free from top American universities.”

J Jeffry Louis, Chairman of the US-UK Fulbright Commission, said:

This is a remarkable achievement on many levels. These 58 students represent all regions of the UK. Nearly three quarters of them come from lowest household income band (less than £25k) and two thirds of them are the first in their families to attend college. Collectively, they have been awarded $14 million worth of financial aid packages.

The success of this cohort is a testament both to the continued quality of the Sutton Trust programme in supporting them through the application process but also to the desire of a wide range of US universities to have bright, state educated UK students on their campuses. We hope their inspirational success will encourage other young British people to realise that an American higher education is an attainable ambition.”

Alex Wilmot-Sitwell, President for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, said:

“Bank of America Merrill Lynch has a long-standing commitment to helping drive youth employment through education so I am delighted to see the success of our partnership with Sutton Trust. This programme will afford these young people such tremendous opportunities that will shape not just their careers, but their lives. I commend the Sutton Trust for their work, and I particularly look forward to following the careers of these 58 students.”

Jordan Clark, a student from Nottingham who has won a place at Northwestern said:

“I can’t wait to head over to Chicago in the fall, but none of this would have been possible without the Sutton Trust US Programme. With their help and advice throughout the application process, I have been lucky enough to secure significant funding towards my university education. They really have turned my dreams into reality!”


  1. View the biographies of all the Sutton Trust US Programme 2014-15 participants who have accepted places at US universities.
  2. The Sutton Trust is a foundation set up in 1997, dedicated to improving social mobility through education. It has published over 150 research studies and funded and evaluated programmes that have helped hundreds of thousands of young people of all ages, from early years through to access to the professions.
  3. The US-UK Fulbright Commission is a not-for-profit organisation funded by both governments to promote educational exchange between the US and the UK. The Commission offers prestigious awards for postgraduate study and research in the US, as well as an Advisory Service and is the government recognised source of US study information in the UK. The Fulbright Advisory Service is part of the Education USA network of over 450 advising centres worldwide.
  4. Developing solutions for social and economic challenges is at the core of Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Corporate Social Responsibility platform. In more than 90 countries around the world, they partner with employees, clients and stakeholders to help make financial lives better. The company focuses on responsible business practices, environmental sustainability, advancing opportunity in local communities through education and employability programmes and investing in global leadership development. They realise the power of our people and value our differences, recognising that our diversity makes us a stronger firm and allows us to better service our stakeholders. By harnessing intellectual resources, sharing knowledge and connecting capital with need, they provide opportunities that effect positive change. Learn more at bankofamerica.com/aboutor follow them on Twitter @BofAML.
  5. Provided below is a list of the Sutton Trust US Programme 2014-15 participants who will be attending a US university.
Student NameUS UniversityUK SchoolHometownCountry
Patrick FrenettAmherst CollegeWaingels CollegeReadingEngland
Eleanor BaileyBarnard CollegeRedcliffe Sixth FormBristolEngland
Joshua HuntBates CollegeFranklin CollegeGrimsbyEngland
Jardelle JohnsonBrown UniversityKing Edward VI Handsworth SchoolBirminghamEngland
Cameron McKieBrown UniversityHartismere SchoolWickham SkeithEngland
Kamara SimmsBryn Mawr CollegeCamden School for GirlsCamdenEngland
Jack HardwickCarleton CollegeGreenhead CollegeMirfieldEngland
James ShelleyClaremont McKenna CollegeChrist the King CollegeNewportIsle of Wight
Samuel CordnerColumbia UniversityNotre Dame High School, NorwichNorwichEngland
Eleanor DowdDartmouth CollegeSt Paul’s School for GirlsBirminghamEngland
Carnun Marcus-PageDartmouth CollegeWoodhouse CollegeTottenhamEngland
Alexander WaterhouseDartmouth CollegeDevonport High School for BoysPlymouthEngland
Rachael MurtaghDuke University – Robertson Scholarship RecipientLord Wandsworth CollegeLong SuttonEngland
Elle WinfieldDuke University – Robertson Scholarship RecipientThe Hayfield SchoolDoncasterEngland
Kieren HelmnEmory University – Woodruff Scholarship RecipientRunshaw CollegePrestonEngland
Joshua CussenGrinnell CollegeSt Bartholomew’s School)AndoverEngland
Melissa WoodwardHamilton CollegeWinstanley CollegeAthertonEngland
Alice DonnellanHarvard CollegeTorquay Boys’ Grammar SchoolTeignmouthEngland
Kai PotterHarvard CollegeFeltham Community CollegeFelthamEngland
Scott SussexHarvard CollegeGodalming CollegeChertseyEngland
Antonio ExpositoLafayette CollegeOur Lady’s High School CumbernauldCumbernauldScotland
Conor KirbyMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyMossbourne Community AcademyHackneyEngland
Hollie HaighMiddlebury CollegeThe Liverpool Blue Coat SchoolLiverpoolEngland
Firas AshrafNew York University Abu DhabiLittleover Community SchoolDerbyEngland
Gugandeep BangaNew York University Abu DhabiCranford Community CollegeEalingEngland
Vishal GaglaniNew York University Abu DhabiWren AcademyBarnetEngland
Jordan ClarkNorthwestern University  – Brian D’Arcy James Scholarship RecipientSouth Nottinghamshire AcademyNottinghamEngland
Saif Hassan BhattiNorthwestern UniversityPimlico AcademyPimlicoEngland
Hallaamal KeirOccidental CollegeTemple Moor High SchoolLeedsEngland
Jordan TimmsPepperdine UniversityJersey College for GirlsJerseyChannel Islands
Aarondeep BargottaPrinceton UniversityThe Coventry Blue Coat Church of England School and Music CollegeCoventryEngland
Connor BridgesPrinceton UniversityRobert Clack SchoolBarkingEngland
Amy HudsonPrinceton UniversityBlessed Hugh Faringdon Catholic SchoolReadingEngland
Krzysztof NorkoPrinceton UniversitySt. Andrew’s High SchoolCoatbridgeScotland
Rebekah BirchRhodes CollegeKing Edward VI School LichfieldLichfieldEngland
Isaac DavisRoanoke CollegeYsgol Bro GwaunGwaun ValleyWales
Aimee HallSkidmore CollegeWednesfield High SchoolWolverhamptonEngland
Chantelle LeswellSmith CollegeBeath High SchoolCowdenbeathScotland
Lisa McmillanSmith CollegeCathkin High SchoolCambuslangScotland
Kirsty McLarenSt Olaf CollegeBirkenhead Sixth Form CollegeThe WirralEngland
Marianne Lotter-JonesSwarthmore CollegeBrockenhurst CollegePooleEngland
Ben MellorTrinity CollegeScarborough Sixth Form CollegeScarboroughEngland
Michael O’DonoghueTrinity CollegeBrighton and Hove Sussex Sixth Form CollegeBrightonEngland
Jonathan KimberUnion CollegeBournemouth SchoolBournemouthEngland
Rachel BaileyUniversity of ChicagoSt John Bosco Arts CollegeLiverpoolEngland
Caitlin HoganUniversity of ChicagoHighbury Grove SchoolHackneyEngland
Phillippa OwensUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Morehead-Cain Scholarship RecipientRunshaw CollegeNewburghEngland
Alex NormanUniversity of PennsylvaniaThe Sixth Form College FarnboroughAscotEngland
Ricky BrownUniversity of Richmond – Boatwright Scholarship RecipientGreenford High SchoolChiswickEngland
Lucy Davies-KumadiroVanderbilt UniversityWyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I CollegeLoughboroughEngland
Georgia MurrayVanderbilt UniversityEckington School Sixth FormSheffieldEngland
Tanpreet HunjanWashington and Lee University – Johnson Scholarship RecipientThe Rochester Grammar SchoolStroodEngland
Kyiah AshtonWellesley CollegeRedcliffe Sixth FormBristolEngland
Heather McCaffertyWhitman CollegeSanquhar AcademySanquharScotland
Ellie AtkinsonYale UniversityLlantwit Major Comprehensive SchoolCardiffWales
Gabriella FentonYale UniversityPenwith College, PenzanceNewlynEngland
Matthew PeoplesYale UniversitySt Columb’s CollegeDerryNorthern Ireland
Lucy WilkinsYale UniversityBrookfield Community SchoolChesterfieldEngland


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