For me, the Sutton Trust programme was the catalyst that gave me the courage and resources to accomplish something that was just a dream. The programme has been invaluable, providing me with support, knowledge, experience, advice and encouragement.” – Gemma Collins (US Programme 2013)

Last week, the Sutton Trust held its annual US Programme pre-departure event to celebrate the achievements of the students who have been offered places and financial aid packages to study in America. The drinks reception brought together current students and their parents to celebrate the graduation of the seventh cohort of the US Programme, who are set to study in the US later this year. 

75 students from across the UK have been offered places to study at top US universities this year, the most successful cohort in the seven-year history of the programme. They have been offered places and financial aid packages at 48 different institutions, including Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and Stanford. Since the launch of the programme, 414 students have gone on to study in the US, unlocking over $100m in financial aid. 

The US Programme is delivered in partnership with the US-UK Fulbright Commission.

Current students speak to alumni about their experiences on the programme and studying in the US.

Founder and Chairman of the Sutton Trust, Sir Peter Lampl, celebrates the graduation of the seventh cohort and the successes of the US Programme.

Sir Nigel Sheinwald, chair of the US-UK Fulbright Commission and former British Ambassador to the US, celebrates the partnership between the Sutton Trust and Fulbright.

Sutton Trust alum Gemma Collins speaks about how the US Programme changed her life.

From left to right, Sutton Trust alumni Jouja Maamri (US Programme 2012), Tahmid Chowdhury (US Programme 2011) and Kelvin Ma (Pathways to Law 2011).

Our newest alumni debut their Sutton Trust tote bags.

Sir Peter Lampl and Sir Nigel Sheinwald with the seventh cohort of US Programme students.

Photography by Fergus Burnett