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Ambitious Huish Student wins place at prestigious University through Sutton Trust US Programme

Posted on 21st August 2018

Amy Drake

Amy Drake

Amy Drake, 18, from Curry Rivel, who has just completed her A Levels at Richard Huish College, has won a place and a financial aid package to study at Northwestern University near Chicago, Illinois after participating in the Sutton Trust US Programme, run in partnership with the US-UK Fulbright Commission.

Amy, a former Huish Episcopi Academy student, achieved A*BB in her A Levels, which she received in Psychology, Mathematics and Music.

Last year, Amy was one of 150 students selected from over 1,000 applicants for the Sutton Trust US programme, which brings together some of the brightest and most talented UK state school pupils for an 18-month-long programme exploring US higher education. The programme includes a week-long trip to the United States to visit a number of universities and meet admissions officers from colleges across the US.

The students benefited from residential activities and received an intensive programme of support, delivered by the US-UK Fulbright Commission, covering admission tests, college choices and the application process.

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. Amy is one of 72 teenagers from the 2017-2018 cohort to have won a place at a top US university. More than three quarters (76%) will be among the first in their family to go to university and nearly two thirds (65%) are from households with an income of less than £25,000. They will access around $19.9m in financial aid over the four years of their degrees, or an average of $276,500 per student.

The students have been accepted at 47 top universities across the USA including: Barnard College, University of Chicago, Harvey Mudd College, University of Notre Dame, Georgetown University, University of Richmond, Harvard College and Princeton University.

Amy said, “I am incredibly excited to start my studies at Northwestern University; when I first heard about the chance to study in the US last year, I knew it was something I wanted to pursue. Studying in America will provide me with the chance to study a liberal arts curriculum and to keep my options for the future open as wide as I can.

This is such an amazing opportunity and I couldn’t have achieved this without the guidance from the Sutton Trust US Programme, and all of the continued support from my amazing teachers at (Richard Huish) College.”

Amy’s achievement was celebrated at a reception for the 72 students at the US Embassy in London on Thursday 21st June.

Speaking at the event, Sir Peter Lampl, founder of the Sutton Trust, said:

"Every year, the Sutton Trust's US Programme gives talented teenagers the opportunity to change their lives. The achievements of this cohort, the majority of whom are from backgrounds with family income of less that £40,000, are truly remarkable. They will benefit from the breadth and depth that these universities offer as well as the invaluable experience gained from living in the States."

Penny Egan CBE, Executive Director of the US-UK Fulbright Commission, added:

“As we mark the US-UK Fulbright Commission’s 70th anniversary year, we are delighted to celebrate in partnership with the Sutton Trust the efforts and achievements of the young people headed to the US later this year.US universities appreciate the diverse skills, ambitions and academic potential of this group of students and their education will continue to build on the special relationship between the US and the UK.”

Applications for next year’s programme will open in November. Students can register their interest now. (

The Sutton Trust US Programme is made possible through support from its founding corporate partner, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, whose investment is matched by Peter Baldwin and Lisbet Rausing who have generously supported the programme since its launch. The programme is also supported by the Robertson Foundation, Jerry del Missier, Martin and Antoinette Sullivan, The Neuberger Berman Foundation and EducationUSA.

For further information please contact Kirsty Callaghan at the US-UK Fulbright Commission on 0207 498 4020 ( or Hilary Cornwell at the Sutton Trust on 020 7802 1660.

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