The Sutton Trust and the US-UK Fulbright Commission are delighted to announce the sixth cohort of the Sutton Trust US Programme.

Congratulations to the 150 state school students who were chosen out of an incredibly competitive applicant pool; over 1,000 students competed for a place on the programme.

See full list of participants.

We were impressed by the applicants' academic and extracurricular achievements, and their knowledge of US higher education as demonstrated in their application forms and video submissions.

175 finalists recently displayed their enthusiasm for US study and commitment to the programme at the April Introductory Residential.

The 150-strong cohort was chosen from the finalists as part of a holistic process, reflective of US university admissions.

Students attended a Finalist Introductory Residential in April.

The aim of the Sutton Trust US Programme is to encourage academically talented, low and middle-income British students to consider studying at American universities. Selected students come from across the UK and many will be the first in their family to go to university.

Students participate in a summer school in the US at either the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) or Yale University, with a university fair hosted at Harvard University. They will spend a week living on campus and will visit a number of other US universities in the area. Participants benefit from residential activities and receive an intensive programme of support, delivered by the US-UK Fulbright Commission over a number of months. This covers admission tests, college choices and help with applications.

Important programme dates include:

  • 9-11 June 2017 (London) -  ACT exam & Pre-Departure Residential
  • 25 July-6 August 2017 (US) – Each student will participate in a week-long US Summer School at MIT or Yale University
  • 29 September 2017 – USA College Day
  • 3-4 November 2017 - SAT Subject Tests

We are excited about working with this cohort over the coming months and look forward to helping them learn more about the US and their options for higher education.

Support for the US Programme was provided in part by a grant from the Robertson Foundation. Bank of America Merrill Lynch is the programme’s founding corporate partner and their investment is matched by Peter Baldwin and Lisbet Rausing, who have supported the programme since its launch. The programme is also generously supported by Jerry del Missier, one anonymous Foundation and another anonymous corporate. EducationUSA also provide financial support and advice to students.

For press enquiries please contact Hilary Cornwell at the Sutton Trust on 020 7802 1676 or David Mannion at the US-UK Fulbright Commission on 020 7498 4020.

Notes to editors:

  1. View a full list of participants in our 2017 cohort. Full admission results of the 2016 cohort will be announced in June.
  2. About the Sutton Trust: The Sutton Trust is a foundation set up in 1997, dedicated to improving social mobility through education. It has published over 170 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 suttontrust.com.
  3. About the US-UK Fulbright Commission:  The US-UK Fulbright Commission was founded by diplomatic treaty in 1948, to foster intercultural understanding between the USA and the UK through educational exchange. The Fulbright Commission continues to support Senator Fulbright’s vision through our scholarship and summer programmes, enabling British and American citizens to study, research or teach at accredited universities in each other's countries. As part of the EducationUSA network, we also offer British students free, accurate, and comprehensive information about opportunities to study at accredited universities in the USA.
  4. The Sutton Trust has run UK summer schools since 1997. They 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. The UK summer schools are supported by Barclays’ 5 Million Young Futures project. The programme is also supported by The Wolfson Foundation, the Garfield Weston Foundation and Ian Hazelton.
  5. Results from the first five cohorts of students include over 260 students enrolled at 65 different universities across 21 states and an American university abroad, accessing over $68 million in financial aid.
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