Off to America

Off to America

A Tupton Hall Sixth Form student is set to embark on the opportunity of a lifetime after winning a place and a financial aid package to study at a top American university. 

Adam Inskip, 17, is awaiting his A Level results before beginning a prestigious programme of study at the University of Rochester in New York State next academic year.

It was all made possible after he took part in the Sutton Trust’s US Programme, run in partnership with the US-UK Fulbright Commission, which aims to encourage academically talented, low and middle income British students to consider studying at American universities.

Last summer, aspiring engineer Adam was one of 150 UK students chosen from a pool of 1,600 applicants to attend a summer school in the US. He spent a week living on campus at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) experiencing campus life and visiting other US universities in the area. For over two-thirds of the students, this was their first trip to the US.

Adam’s trip was fully funded and he benefitted from an intensive programme of support over a number of months before and after his US visit which covered admission tests, college choices and the application process.

Adam said: “The support and confidence I’ve gained from the Sutton Trust has been phenomenal and has opened my eyes to the power of a global education. I can’t wait to start at the University of Rochester; I’m so excited to be able to study all of my interests from engineering and computer science to languages thanks to the diversity of the American education system.” 

Adam is one of 62 teenagers from the 2016 - 2017 cohort to have secured a place at a top US university. Over two-thirds (68%) will be among the first in their family to go to university and over half (56%) are from households with an income of less than £25,000. They will access around $16.4m in financial aid over the four years of their degrees, or an average of $264,000 per student.

The students have been accepted at 37 top universities across 17 US states including: Columbia, Dartmouth College, Duke, Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Princeton and Yale. 

Adam’s achievement was celebrated at a reception for the 62 students in the London offices of Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Speaking at the event, Alex Wilmot-Sitwell, President for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, addressed the students and said: “It takes a lot of hard work and commitment to gain a place on the Sutton Trust US programme, so I congratulate these students on their success. Our partnership with the Sutton Trust is one we value highly, and our employees take great pride and enjoyment in supporting the students through mentoring and informal buddy schemes. We look forward to our continued partnership and to helping the students succeed in their academic lives.”

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