Trebling of UK State School Students Headed to Leading US Universities Through Sutton Trust US Programme

Sixty-one state school students from around the UK will be starting their degrees at universities across the Atlantic this autumn including three at Harvard, three at Yale and five at Princeton. This is close to a three-fold increase on the success of last year’s pilot Sutton Trust programme, which resulted in 21 students accepting places at US universities. 

Details of all 61 students were released as they met US Ambassador Matthew Barzun at a reception at Winfield House, his London residence on Wednesday 4th June. The reception celebrated the students’ achievements and the success of the US Programme run by the Sutton Trust and US-UK Fulbright Commission. 

The majority of students going to the US (60%), come from households with an income of less than £25,000 per annum. In total they have secured over £8.2 million ($14m) in financial aid from US universities and scholarship programmes. The average student will receive about £138,500 ($234,000) in financial aid over the course of their four years at university. These generous financial aid packages will meet the students’ need for tuition and living costs.

The students will be enrolling at 37 different US colleges. Over a quarter (28%) will be going to Ivy league universities  and nearly a third (32%) will be attending one of the top ten US universities or liberal arts colleges. The US institutions range from Williams College in New England to Pomona College on the west coast and Emory University in the south.

In 2013, 150 students participated in the second year of the US Programme. They spent a week living on campus at either the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) or Yale University and visited other US institutions. The students also received extensive support from the US-UK Fulbright Commission before and after the summer school, including help with the application process.

This summer, 175 students will attend Sutton Trust summer schools during August at Harvard, Yale and MIT.

Sir Peter Lampl, Chairman of the Sutton Trust, said: "The success of the US programme has significantly exceeded our expectations and really struck a chord with UK students and schools, as well as American Universities.  These new results are a sign that more young people from low and middle income homes are‎ making informed choices about their futures - considering top US universities alongside their UK counterparts, just as those from affluent backgrounds have been doing. It is great to see that our US programme has enabled so many more state school students to access top American universities."

J Jeffry Louis, Chairman of the US-UK Fulbright Commission, said: “To have the number of students heading to the US nearly triple in one year is a testament both to the quality of this programme in supporting them through the application process and also to the desire of US universities to have bright, state educated UK students on their campuses. We hope their success will inspire other British young people to study in the US and demonstrate that American higher education is within their reach.”

Gemma Collins, a student at The Blackpool Sixth Form College and the first person in her family to attend university, will be going to Harvard University this autumn. She said: “The Sutton Trust programme was the catalyst that gave me the confidence and resources to accomplish something that was just a dream this time last year.  The programme has been invaluable, providing me with support, knowledge, experience, advice and encouragement. The friendships and memories I have made will undoubtedly last me a lifetime, and I know that thanks to this amazing programme there will be many more to come!” 

For further information please contact Sharmini Selvarajah or Conor Ryan at the Sutton Trust on 020 7802 1660 or Jamie Dunn or Lauren Welch at the US-UK Fulbright Commission on 0207 498 4020.

NOTES TO EDITORS

1. View the biographies of all the Sutton Trust US Programme 2013-14 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 140 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. For more information, visit www.suttontrust.com

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 information on US higher education in the UK. For more information, visit www.fulbright.org.uk.

4. The Sutton Trust has run summer schools in the UK since 1997. Summer schools offer young people from low and middle income backgrounds in year 12 – mostly 17 year-olds – a chance to get a taste of student life at a research-led university. The programme balances busy academic days with social activities and has been successful in encouraging bright state school students from low and middle income families to study at the most selective universities in Britain.

5. The eight Ivy league universities are Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania and Yale University. The national and liberal arts rankings can be found here: http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/rankings 

6. Provided below is a list of the Sutton Trust US Programme 2013-14 participants who will be attending a US university.

First Name

Surname

US University

Hometown

Country

Matthew

Allen

Princeton University

Plymouth

England

Namatoulah

Bahram

Dartmouth University

London

England

Liam

Bradney

Carleton College

Wolverhampton

England

Craig

Buckthorp

Columbia University

Horsham

England

Elizabeth

Casey

Yale University

Stoke-On-Trent

England

Rebekah

Cockram

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Morehead-Cain Scholarship Recipient

Newton Abbot

England

Olivia

Collens

Middlebury College

Cresselly

Wales

Gemma

Collins

Harvard University

Blackpool

England

Paige

Cunningham

Yale University

Borehamwood

England

Katrina

Davies

Princeton University

Manchester

England

Daisy

Draper

Tufts University

Holmfirth

England

Francesca

Edwards

Bennington College

Rotherham

England

Sam

Gebicke-Kerr

Swarthmore College

Inverness

Scotland

Eleanor

Geoghegan

Colby College

London

England

Lucia

Gibbard

Bowdoin College

Doncaster

England

Charlotte

Gundry

New York University Abu Dhabi

Bakewell

England

Alida

Haworth

Emory University

London

England

Luke

Higgins

Williams College

Beckenham

England

Hannah

Hoey

Skidmore College

Coventry

England

Senan

Hogan Hennessy

Pomona College

London

England

Daniel

Hughes

Trinity College

West Midlands

England

Thomas

Inglis

Northwestern University

Methhill

Scotland

Abda

Kazemi

New York University Abu Dhabi

Ilford

England

Louise

Kendaru

Duke University

Canterbury

England

Ailie

Kerr

Harvard University

Plymouth

England

Yasmin

Kudsi

Skidmore College

London

England

Brigita

Kuzmickaite

Trinity College

London

England

Michael

Lawrie

University of Rochester

Fort William

Scotland

Erin

Lynch

Princeton University

Devon

England

Jouja

Maamri

Barnard College

Witham

England

Leo

Mackenzie

Lafayette College

Falmouth

England

Frances

Matthews

Kenyon College

Berkshire

England

Maisie

McCormack

New York University Abu Dhabi

South Shields

England

Anastasija

Mensikova

Trinity College

London

England

Paul

Midgley

Dartmouth University

Ipswich

England

Tobias

Milligan

University of Pennsylvania

Potton

England

Elizabeth

Mills

Bowdoin College

Worcestershire

England

Julia

Murphy

Dartmouth University

Scarborough

Scotland

Joshua

Murray

Princeton University

Scarborough

England

Daniel

O'Boyle

University of Notre Dame

Bangor

Northern Ireland

Hannah

Orr

Georgia Institute of Technology – President’s Scholarship Recipient

Liverpool

England

Ade

Osundina

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Morehead-Cain Scholarship Recipient

London

England

Nia

Owen

Oberlin College

Pembrokeshire

Wales

Ishani

Pabari

Vanderbilt University

Southampton

England

Jack

Page

Williams College

London

England

Lily

Prendergast

Smith College

Headcorn

England

Emma

Radmilovic

Brown University

Newport

Wales

Viveque

Ramji

Princeton University

London

England

Eleanor

Ramsden

University of Rochester

Huddersfield

England

Harry

Rickards

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Uckfield

England

Joseph

Sanderson-Brown

Trinity College

Stourbridge

England

Michael

Senior

University of Chicago

Dereham

England

Cheryl

Smith

Claremont McKenna College

Glasgow

Scotland

Alex

Stevenson

Harvard University

Bath

England

Amber

Stevenson

Trinity College

Rhos On Sea

Wales

Jack

Taperell

Yale University

South Croydon

England

Helena

Thompson

Smith College

Hillingdon

England

Craig

Thorburn

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dunbar

Scotland

Kirsten

Tingle

Pomona College

Glasgow

Scotland

Christina

Webber

Bryn Mawr College

Eastleigh

England

Yoldas

Yildiz

Connecticut College

London

England