In the first wave of early applications, thirty-eight bright British students from low and middle-income homes have won places at leading US universities through the Sutton Trust US Programme, the US-UK Fulbright Commission and the Sutton Trust announced today. In addition, another student has been named as a finalist for a prestigious merit scholarship.
Compounding the success of the programme, it was also announced today that Bank of America Merrill Lynch has been named as the programme’s Founding Corporate Partner. Furthermore, the bank’s investment has been matched by Peter Baldwin and Lisbet Rausing who have supported the programme since its launch.
The aim of the UK-funded programme is to encourage academically talented, low and middle income British students to consider studying at American universities. The 2014-15 programme cohort comes from across the UK, and 70% of the students will be the first in their family to go to university.
175 students were selected for a summer school in the US at either Yale or Harvard Universities, or the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), spending a week last summer living on campus and visiting a number of other US campuses. They benefited from residential activities and received an intensive programme of support, delivered by the US-UK Fulbright Commission over a number of months before and after their US visit, which covered admission tests, college choices and the application process.
The 38 students were selected under the early application deadline to US universities, and more students will be applying by the January deadlines with results available later this spring. (The biographies for all admitted students and scholarship finalist can be found online at: http://bit.ly/EarlyAdmissionsBios2014).
These students have already been offered a total of approximately $8.5 million (£5.5 million) of financial aid from the universities over the next four years. They have been accepted to a range of leading institutions including: Amherst, Barnard, Bates, Brown, Carleton, Claremont McKenna, Columbia, Dartmouth, Duke, Harvard, Lafayette College, Middlebury, New York University Abu Dhabi, Northwestern, Princeton, Skidmore, Smith, St Olaf, Swarthmore, Trinity College, Union, University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, University of Richmond, Vanderbilt, Wellesley and Yale. Included in the early successes are two participants who have received the Robertson Scholarship based at Duke or the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Additionally, one participant has been selected as a finalist for the Morehead-Cain Scholarship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Of the 38 accepted students, about two-thirds of participants are from households that earn less than £25,000 a year, and about 70% will be the first in their family to go to university.
Sir Peter Lampl, Chairman of the Sutton Trust, said: “I am delighted that 38 students from our 2014 US programme have already been offered places at top American universities. In just three years the scheme has grown from 64 students participating to 175 places being available this year. As today’s figures show, it’s not just increasing numbers of students being able to access the programme that we’re celebrating – it’s also increasing levels of success in gaining places at these elite universities.
It is 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 private schools. The level of financial aid available to students on our programme means many will be able to graduate debt-free from some of the best universities in the world.
The new partnership we announced today with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, puts the US programme in an excellent position to continue to thrive and expand in future years.”
Penny Egan CBE, Executive Director of the US-UK Fulbright Commission, said: “We are thrilled by these early university admissions results. To have 38 of our applicants admitted in the early admissions round and for them to receive such generous financial aid offers, is a wonderful achievement and a testament to the high calibre of the programme participants. This programme means that an American university education is within the reach of very talented young people, who previously would not have had the tools to access this specialist support. We are hugely proud to be a partner with the Sutton Trust in this unique programme.”
Alex Wilmot-Sitwell, President for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, said: “We are delighted to be involved in this project and I commend Sutton Trust for their work in helping to address the inequality that still exists for so many young people across the UK. For more than 15 years, Bank of America Merrill Lynch has been involved in helping drive youth employment through education; and it is through partnering on initiatives such as this that together, we’re able to give the next generation the confidence and the skills to prosper – and perhaps, even more importantly – the inspiration to succeed.”
Applications for this year’s programme close on 27 January 2015 and can be completed online: http://us.suttontrust.com
The US Programme is based on the Sutton Trust’s successful flagship programme in the UK, which now runs at ten leading British universities and has benefited over ten thousand state school students. Applications for the UK programme are also open now until 9 March 2015 at www.suttontrust.com.
NOTES TO EDITORS
|Student Name||UK School||Hometown||US University|
|Kyiah Ashton||Redcliffe Sixth Form||Bristol||Wellesley College|
|Ellie Atkinson||Llantwit Major Comprehensive School||Barry||Yale University|
|Eleanor Bailey||Redcliffe Sixth Form||Bristol||Barnard College|
|Rachel Bailey||St John Bosco Arts College||Liverpool||University of Chicago|
|Gugandeep Banga||Cranford Community College||Ealing||New York University Abu Dhabi|
|Aarondeep Bargotta||The Coventry Blue Coat Church of England School and Music College||Coventry||Princeton University|
|Saif Hassan Bhatti||Pimlico Academy||Pimlico||Northwestern University|
|Hannah Bradbury||Rushcliffe School (Nottinghamshire)||Nottingham||Middlebury College|
|Connor Bridges||Robert Clack School (Barking and Dagenham)||Barking||Princeton University|
|Ricky Brown||Greenford High School||London||University of Richmond|
|Jordan Clark||South Nottinghamshire Academy||Nottingham||Northwestern University|
|Samuel Cordner||Notre Dame High School, Norwich (Norfolk)||Beccles||Columbia University|
|Lucy Davies-Kumadiro||Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College (Leicester)||Loughborough||Vanderbilt University|
|Alice Donnellan||Torquay Boys’ Grammar School (Torbay)||Teignmouth||Harvard College|
|Antonio Exposito||Our Lady’s High School Cumbernauld||Glagsow||Lafayette College|
|Patrick Frenett||Waingels College (Wokingham)||Reading||Amherst College|
|Aimee Hall||Wednesfield High School, A Specialist Engineering College||Wolverhampton||Skidmore College|
|Jack Hardwick||Greenhead College (Kirklees)||Mirfield||Carleton College|
|Amy Hudson||Blessed Hugh Faringdon Catholic School||Reading||Princeton University|
|Joshua Hunt||Franklin College (North East Lincolnshire)||Grimsby||Bates College|
|Jardelle Johnson||King Edward VI Handsworth School||Birmingham||Brown University|
|Jonathan Kimber||Bournemouth School||Bournemouth||Union College|
|Chantelle Leswell||Beath High School||Cowdenbeath||Smith College|
|Marianne Lotter-Jones||Brockenhurst College (Hampshire)||New Milton||Swarthmore College|
|Carnun Marcus-Page||Woodhouse College (Barnet)||Haringey||Dartmouth College|
|Kirsty McLaren||Birkenhead Sixth Form College||Wirral||St Olaf College|
|Lisa Mcmillan||Cathkin High School||Glasgow||Smith College|
|Ben Mellor||Scarborough Sixth Form College (North Yorkshire)||Scarborough||Trinity College|
|Georgia Murray||Eckington School (Derbyshire)||Sheffield||Vanderbilt University|
|Rachael Murtagh||Alton College (Hampshire)||Hook||(Robertson Scholarship Recipient) Duke University|
|Ruby Newsham||Ullapool High School||Ullapool||Trinity College|
|Alex Norman||The Sixth Form College Farnborough (Hampshire)||Ascot||University of Pennsylvania|
|Phillippa Owens||Runshaw College (Lancashire)||Newburgh||(Morehead-Cain Scholarship Finalist) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill|
|Matthew Peoples||St Columb’s College||Derry||Yale University|
|James Shelley||Christ The King College (Isle Of Wight)||Newport||Claremont McKenna College|
|Scott Sussex||Godalming College (Surrey)||Chertsey||Harvard College|
|Alexander Waterhouse||Devonport High School for Boys||Plymouth||Dartmouth College|
|Lucy Wilkins||Brookfield Community School (Derbyshire)||Chesterfield||Yale University|
|Elle Winfield||The Hayfield School||Doncaster||(Robertson Scholarship Recipient) Duke University|