Yellow backpacks go Stateside

Yellow backpacks go Stateside

Laura Bruce, Acting Head of Programmes, and Emma Legg, Trust Administrator, share their photo diary from this year’s US Programme summer residential.
Emma Legg, Laura Bruce on August 9, 2018

Every summer, 150 students fly to Boston, New York City, and for the first time this year, Philadelphia, as part of the Sutton Trust’s US Programme, which we run in partnership with the US-UK Fulbright Commission. The programme is designed to introduce high achieving state school students – many of whom will be the first in their family to go to university – to the US higher education system.

The US week residentials give the students a taste of life at an American university. The itinerary is jam packed, offering a wide range of activities to help students make the right decisions about American higher education. Kitted out with Sutton Trust yellow backpacks, our students explored university campuses, honed their application essay-writing skills and gained expert advice on navigating the university admissions system. Not to forget unmissable cultural activities, such as visiting markets, city landmarks and more – students in Boston also attended a Red Sox game!

Below are some of the photos of our visit. This is only one part of the programme – when they get back to the UK, the students may decide to apply for part two of the programme and if selected, will receive a full year of support to help them navigate the complicated American admissions process.

Applications for Year 12/S5 students who would like to join next year’s programme will open November 2018. To be notified when applications open, sign up here.

Eating ice creams for breakfast in Philadelphia!

Boston week students outside our home for the week – MIT.

Touring Vassar Campus, Philadelphia.

Exploring Vassar Campus.

Philadelphia students listening in closely to an essay writing workshop.

Walking tour of Philadelphia led by Fulbright staff.

Visiting Bryn Mawr campus.

Philadelphia, Boston and New York groups reunite at Harvard for a university fair.



Emma Legg, Laura Bruce | | Category: Programmes