UK-US university scheme successful for 38 students


Thirty-eight UK students from low and middle-income families have won fully funded places at 28 leading American universities.

It comes after the 38 were among 175 students selected to take part in the Sutton Trust’s US Programme last summer, which offers the chance to attend a summer school at Yale, Harvard or the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

And with a further admissions round taking place this month, it is hoped that we will see more students from the 175 winning funded places at American institutions.

The aim of the Sutton Trust programme is to encourage academically talented students from low and middle-income households to consider studying in the US.

The summer school involves spending a week living on campus and visiting a number of other US campuses. Students take part in residential activities and receive an intensive programme of support delivered by the not-for-profit US-UK Fulbright Commission over a number of months before and after their US visit, covering admission tests, college choices and the application process. 

Of the 38 students already accepted, around 70 per cent will be the first in their family to go to university and two-thirds come from families earning less than £25,000 a year.

The students have been offered a total of approximately $8.5 million (£5.5 million) of financial aid from the universities over the next four years.

The US Programme is based on the Sutton Trust’s flagship programme in the UK, which now runs at 10 leading British universities and has benefited more than 10,000 state school students.

Sir Peter Lampl, chairman of the Sutton Trust, a social mobility charity, said: “I am delighted that 38 students from our 2014 US programme have already been offered places at top American universities. In just three years the scheme has grown from 64 students participating to 175 places being available this year. 

“It is wonderful to see students from low and middle income families getting the opportunity to enjoy the breadth and depth offered by US degree programmes, which have long been popular among those from private schools. The level of financial aid available to students on our programme means many will be able to graduate debt-free from some of the best universities in the world.”

Applications for this year’s programme close on January 27 and can be completed online at

Applications for the UK version of the programme are also open now until March 9 at



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