Nicola Woolcock covers the Sutton Trust’s US Programme success and quotes Sir Peter Lampl in an article for the Times.

Record numbers of the brightest disadvantaged teenagers have won lucrative scholarships from American universities, a charity reveals today.

Competition for Oxbridge places has led to some students looking overseas. A programme run by the Sutton Trust and the US-UK Fulbright Commission helps state school children to apply to Ivy League institutions.

The organisers said that 75 of 150 applicants would take up places this autumn after securing more than $20 million (£16 million) in scholarships and support. Four fifths are the first in their family to go to university and two fifths qualified for free school meals. They have won funding to study at 48 universities including Harvard, Princeton, Yale and Stanford.

The students are the most successful cohort in the seven-year history of the programme. Last year 72 students out of 150 won $19 million in financial aid and in 2017, 62 out of 150 were awarded $16.4 million of support.


Sir Peter Lampl, founder and chairman of the Sutton Trust, said: “America’s leading universities want to attract the most talented students, whatever country or social background they come from.”


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