12th July 2018
Congratulations to York College A Level student Blake Chaplin who has won a place on the Sutton Trust US Programme, run in partnership with the US-UK Fulbright Commission. The Sutton Trust US Programme allows academically talented low and middle income British students to explore US higher education and what it would be like to study at a top US university.
Entry to the programme is highly competitive and Blake was chosen from 1000 of the UK’s brightest students to be one of the 150 scholars. As well as supporting students in their exploration, the programme takes all 150 students for a week-long visit to the US, visiting different campuses and giving the students a flavour of life stateside.
Formerly from Selby High School, Blake studies A Levels in Economics, Modern History and Maths at York College. Speaking of his achievements on the Sutton Trust Programme he says: “It is a great opportunity to visit top US universities such as Havard, Yale and Columbia. During my visit to the US in August I will attend lectures, presentations, go on trips and experience life at the different campuses to get a feel for life at an American university. I am looking forward to gaining a better appreciation of the differences between the American and British university systems as ultimately I would like to study Economics and the US universities offer their own programmes of study, before specialising in a specific subject.”
Hayley McQueen, Curriculum Performance Manager at York College, supported Blake with his application and has also received Sutton Trust mentoring training to enable her to further support potential candidates. Hayley says: “Successful candidates experience a wide range of activities to help them make the right decision about American higher education. If they decide this is the right pathway for them, they will apply for US universities and maybe eligible for US scholarship funding. It’s a fabulous opportunity for bright students from UK state schools and Blake has done brilliantly to be selected - I hope he will be the first of many York College students who will benefit from this Programme.”
Earlier this spring, Blake attended UK residentials where he learnt about US universities and took an American admissions exam, the ACT. At the end of the summer Blake will choose if he would like to continue to make applications to US universities alongside his UK applications. This second part of the programme includes admissions guidance from the Fulbright team, including university choices and support with applications and financial aid processes.
This year 72 members of last year’s cohort are heading to the US to start their studies, after winning places and scholarships to study at American universities.