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 his place at the University of Richmond in Virginia this Autumn.
Last year, Darren 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). He 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.
Darren, who is deputy head boy at Wellington 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.”
Wellington Principal David Castles added,
“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.”
The aim of the Sutton Trust US Programme is to encourage academically talented British students from low and moderate income homes to consider studying at American universities.
Applications for this year’s programme close on 14 January and can be completed online (http://us.suttontrust.com)