Talented British state school students gain places at top US universities through the Sutton Trust US Programme

42 British state school students from low and moderate-income backgrounds have won places to study at top US universities through the Sutton Trust US Programme, delivered by the US-UK Fulbright Commission, it was announced today.

Students took part in a summer school in the US in Summer 2017

The 42 students, who come from across the country, have won places at 31 different institutions, including Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and Columbia. 76% of the students will be the first in their family to go to university and 62% are from households that earn less than £25,000 a year. Between them, they have already been offered a total of approximately $11m of financial aid from the universities over the next four years.

They will join over 250 Sutton Trust alumni already studying in the States.

The students have applied via the early admissions deadline. More will be applying through the regular January deadline and will find out if they have been successful later this spring.

Last year 150 students were selected for the programme, which included a summer school in the US at either Yale University or the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). They competed with over 1,000 applicants to win a place on the programme and spent a week living on campus and visiting many other US universities.

The students benefited from residential activities and received an intensive programme of support, delivered by the US-UK Fulbright Commission over several months before and after their US visit, which covered admission tests, college choices and the application process.

The aim of the Sutton Trust US Programme is to encourage academically talented British students from low and moderate-income homes to consider studying at American universities.

See biographies for all admitted students and scholarship finalists admitted in the early round.

Support for the US Programme was provided in part by a grant from the Robertson Foundation. The programme is also made possible through support from its founding corporate partner, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, as well as Peter Baldwin and Lisbet Rausing who have generously supported the programme since its launch. The programme is also supported by Jerry del Missier, Martin and Antoinette Sullivan, The Neuberger Berman Foundation and EducationUSA.

Sir Peter Lampl, Founder and Chairman of the Sutton Trust and Chairman of the Education Endowment Foundation, said: “America’s leading universities are bastions of progressive values and outstanding education. Their campuses are welcoming places for international students, whatever country or social background they come from. 

“I’m delighted that 42 state school students have won places to study in the States. They will benefit from a broad and varied curriculum as well as in-depth study and generous funding for both tuition and living costs.

“I hope more young people will look to their success and realise that a university education in the States is well within their grasp.”

Penny Egan CBE, Executive Director of the US-UK Fulbright Commission, said: “These results echo the wider continuing upward trend of British students choosing US universities for their undergraduate studies. American universities offer an experience that is very different to that of a UK university and are actively looking for students from diverse backgrounds from across the UK to join their next intake. We are proud that this programme is successfully tapping into this demographic and giving these young people the chance of a lifetime.”

Applications for this year’s programme close on 14 January and can be completed online (http://us.suttontrust.com)

Notes to editors

For further information please contact Rowena Boddington at Fulbright on 020 7498 4019, press@fulbright.org.uk or Hilary Cornwell at the Sutton Trust on 020 7802 1660.

  1. The Sutton Trust is a foundation set up in 1997, dedicated to improving social mobility through education. It has published over 200 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.
  2. 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, and is part of the EducationUSA network, offering accurate, comprehensive, and current information about opportunities to study at accredited higher education institutions in the USA.
  3. The Sutton Trust has run UK summer schools since 1997. They offer young people from low and moderate 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.
  4. Results from the first five cohorts include over 250 students enrolled at 57 different universities across 18 states and an American university abroad, accessing approximately $68 million in financial aid.
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  6. The biographies for all admitted students and scholarship finalists can be found online at: http://bit.ly/EarlyAdmissionBios2018