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The Sutton Trust expands program for UK Students to try US education
Jamie Dunn, Communication Officer and Educational Advisor at the US-UK Fulbright Commission, reports on the Sutton Trust's US summer school program
Delivered in partnership with the US-UK Fulbright Commission, the program provides participants with activities and sessions to help them make the right decisions about American higher education. The Sutton Trust covers the costs for all residential events, accommodation and travel.
Many of the participants will be the first generation in their family to go to university. Students were selected based on similar criteria to what US universities are looking for, including academic performance, extracurricular involvement, character and commitment to the program.
This year's cohort is building on the success of last year's participants. 33 of the 64 students on the pilot program applied to US universities, with 24 winning places and 21 deciding to take them up. These 21 students were granted substantial or full funding and accessed $4.5m of financial aid. They will be studying at top US universities, including Harvard, Yale, Columbia and Stanford. Highly motivated and international-minded, the students are sure to make a signicant contribution to the campus community.
Applications for next year's program will open later this autumn. Research shows that there are more than 250 American universities and colleges with significant funds earmarked for overseas students, totalling over $500 million per year. The Sutton Trust and US-UK Fulbright Commission are reaching the most gifted, non-privileged students in the UK and giving them the opportunity and support to access this aid.
Interested in getting involved with the program? Visit www.suttontrust.com for more info on the program or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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