Scott Sussex, 17, from Chertsey who is completing his A levels at Godalming College, has won a place and a financial aid package to study at Harvard after participating in the Sutton Trust’s US Programme run in partnership with the US-UK Fulbright Commission.
Last summer, Scott competed with 2,200 applicants to win one of 175 places on the summer school programme where he spent a week at Yale University and visited Harvard. The programme also provides intensive support, delivered by the US-UK Fulbright Commission over a number of months before and after the US visit, which covered admission tests, college choices and the application process.
Scott’s academic success is impressive, teaching himself Maths A level while still at Winston Churchill School. At Godalming College he completed a Further Maths A level in one year together with 4 other AS level courses and will complete 4 A levels this year and an Extended Project Qualification. One of these A levels will be the Additional Further Maths A level and Scott will be one of only 50 students in the country each year to complete it.
Scott gives his time freely, supporting and mentoring other students in Maths and Science and volunteering at the local hospital whilst also holding down a Saturday job. He has recently turned his attention to memory training and has recently taken part in the Spanish Memory Championships.
Scott will be the first in his family to go to university and he is excited about the prospect of studying in the US. His interest began when he attended the Fulbright Commission’s USA College Day in London. The attraction of the US is that it provides a broad education in the early years which allows him to maintain his interest across a wide range of scientific disciplines. The Sutton Trust made his dream more realistic and he intends to make the most of every opportunity that they have provided for him.
‘This time last year studying at a US university seemed merely a distant possibility. I’m extremely grateful to The Sutton Trust Programme, which has provided me with financial advice, test preparation and application mentoring that would have otherwise eluded me. Similarly, the absolutely outstanding careers advice and support by teachers provided at Godalming College has been crucial in going through the difficult application process. The US provides a world-class yet broad education, which will allow me to continue exploring my numerous academic and extracurricular interests. The kind of support offered by the US programme and my college is invaluable in lowering the boundaries between education systems around the world, and providing such opportunities.” says Scott
Scott is one of 38 students who have been selected under the early application deadline to US universities, and more students will be applying by the January deadlines with results available later this spring. (The biographies for all admitted students and scholarship finalist can be found online at: http://bit.ly/EarlyAdmissionsBios2014 ).
The 38 participants admitted early have been offered a total of approximately $8.5 million (£5.5 million) of financial aid from the universities over the next four years.