Abbeygate student wins place on the Sutton Trust US Programme.

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A student from Abbeygate Sixth Form College will be travelling to America this summer after winning a place on a prestigious programme.


Thomas Surridge has secured a spot and will become part of the twelfth cohort to join the Sutton Trust US Programme, that is run in partnership with the US-UK Fulbright Commission.


Entry to the programme is highly competitive and Thomas was chosen from nearly 1000 of the UK’s brightest students to be one of the 150 scholars.


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.


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.


Speaking of his achievements, Thomas said: “I am incredibly grateful to have been accepted. The process so far has been amazing and I'm hoping to explore US Colleges as an option for university. I'm eager to spread awareness of this opportunity to future Year 12s."


Before visiting the US this summer, the students attend a UK residential and virtual workshops to learn about US universities and will take an American admissions exam, the ACT.


At the end of the summer, students on the programme will choose if they would like to continue to make applications to US universities alongside their 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.


Across the last eleven cohorts, the Sutton Trust US Programme has supported over 600 young people to take up offers at highly selective US universities after securing coveted places and scholarships.

Thomas Surridge