Darren McCarroll, 17, from Ballynahinch, who is completing his A levels at Wellington College Belfast, has won a place and a financial aid package to study at a top US university after participating in the Sutton Trust US Programme, run in partnership with the US-UK Fulbright Commission.
Darren will take up their place at the University of Richmond in Virginia this Autumn.
Last year, McCarroll was one of 150 students selected for the programme, which included a summer school in the US at either Yale University or the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). They competed with over 1,000 applicants to win a place on the programme and spent a week living on campus and visiting many other US universities.
The students benefited from residential activities and received an intensive programme of support, delivered by the US-UK Fulbright Commission over several months before and after their US visit, which covered admission tests, college choices and the application process.
The aim of the Sutton Trust US Programme is to encourage academically talented students from low and moderate income homes to consider studying at American universities.
The 2017 - 2018 programme cohort comes from across the UK. 76% of the students admitted early will be the first in their family to go to university. Of the 42 accepted students, 62% are from households that earn less than £25,000 a year.
Darren from Ballynahinch, at Wellington College Belfast said;
“I am still absolutely in awe at getting a place at the University of Richmond. I really have to thank the university, the Sutton Trust, my teachers at Wellington and so many others for the opportunities and support they have given me. I am extremely fortunate.”
Principal of Wellington College, David Castles commented on Darren’s achievement;
“Darren has always made the most of every opportunity Wellington has offered him – we are so proud of his achievement. As a grammar school we aim to empower students, and encourage them to do things they might never have thought were possible. Darren has put this ethos into action. He’s a young man with a great future and I wish him every success in the States."
McCarroll is one of 42 students who have been accepted under the early application deadline to US universities, and more students will be applying by the January deadline with results available later this spring