Burnley College Sixth Form Centre student Samuel Bond has won a place on a coveted placement programme in America which could earn him a place at a top USA university.
The 17-year-old who is studying A Levels in Government and Politics, Computer Science, Maths and Ancient History, is one of only 200 students from more than 1,000 applicants worldwide, chosen to take part in the Sutton Trust US Programme.
Samuel, a former pupil of West Craven High School, will be following in the footsteps of fellow West Craven student Oliver Wilkinson, who is now studying Computer Science at Cambridge, after attending a Sutton Trust placement in the UK.
The Sutton Trust's flagship US programme is delivered in partnership with the US-UK Fulbright Commission and is centred on exploring US study, with a one week visit to the US and introductory events and application support in the UK before and after.
The programme provides participants with a wide range of activities to help them make the right decisions about American higher education and previous students have enjoyed placements at top US univrsities including Yale, Harvard and Princeton.
A Sutton Trust spokesman said this year’s applications for the USA programme were five times oversubscribed and they were overwhelmed by the number and quality of applicants; and thoroughly impressed by Samuel’s application.
During his time at College, Samuel took part in the Honours programme, which helps students to stand out from the crowd when applying to university or for successful careers. He said: "The Sutton Trust US Programme has given me the chance to change my life. I heard about it through the Honours programme and felt like it was too good an opportunity to miss."
Burnley College Sixth Form Centre Principal Karen Buchanan said: “We are proud of Samuel’s exceptional achievement in earning this placement. This is just another example of how Burnley College with its exceptional teaching team, offers great opportunities to our students to use their skills to travel the world and gain new experiences.”