Hannah James, from Penzance, wins place on the Sutton Trust US Programme

Taking her education stateside, Penzance A Level student Hannah James has won a place in the seventh cohort of the Sutton Trust US Programme, which is run in partnership with the US-UK Fulbright Commission.

Hannah James holding up her A S Results in front of some big windows

Hannah recently received her AS results alongside hundreds of other happy students

Entry to the programme is highly competitive, with Hannah being chosen from 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, giving them the chance to experience life and 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 on the other side of the Atlantic.

Speaking of her achievements, Hannah said: “American universities take a more holistic approach when choosing who to admit; they don’t just care about your grades, they care about you as a person. They also offer programmes that are very flexible with a wide choice of subjects to keep your options open with plenty of research and internship opportunities available. I hope to get a place in a top science college and be preparing to leave for the US this time next year.”

Sarah Alexander, A Level Programme Team Leader at Truro and Penwith College where Hannah recently completed her studies, said: “Hannah has been single-minded in her dedication to achieving this remarkable and prestigious goal. We are absolutely delighted that she has been accepted and will be able to continue with her pursuit of academic excellence in such a competitive international environment.”

Earlier this spring, the students attended two UK residentials to learn about US universities and took an American admissions exam, the ACT. Then, over the summer, Hannah spent a week in Boston visiting various institutions. While still undecided whether she will attend university in America, the experience so far has been incredible for Hannah, who said: “It was one of the best weeks of my life as I got to visit world-renowned institutions such as Harvard and MIT, and made some amazing friends. With Penwith College I have also visited Cambridge and Oxford University.”

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.

72 members of cohort are heading to the US this summer to start their studies, after winning places and scholarships to study at American universities.

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.