Two Wyke Sixth Form students have qualified as finalists as part of a flagship programme to give state school students a taste of life at an American university.
Carrie Harness, 17, and Nandipha Mthembu, 16, were chosen to take part from a shortlist of 175 students.
The Sutton Trust US Programme offers UK students a week-long visit to the States to experience the US Higher Education system.
Last year, another Wyke student, Raphael Floresca, took part in the scheme, and since then interest has snowballed.
Etta Searle, UCAS and Careers Coordinator at the College, who coordinated the applications, said ‘Carrie and Nandipha did exceptionally well to get picked out of 175 students, itself narrowed down from an original pool of over 3,700 initial applications.
‘Sutton Trust have told us that they were highly impressed by their suitability and commitment to the programme.’
They have been invited to take part in an Introductory and Finalist Residential as a part of the Sutton Trust US Programme 2015.
If successful, they will continue on the US Programme and attend the US week this summer, which will take part at two prestigious US universities, Yale University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Nandipha said ‘If successful, I would really love to immerse myself in the culture.
‘I also love the idea of the various workshops that’ll help us write more competitive applications for when we do apply for an American university.’
Carrie added ‘I really hope I get through, because I’m really looking forward to meeting the other applicants because many of us are already good friends thanks to the Facebook group.
‘The whole process has been a very supportive one, with help from our teachers here at Wyke as well as from Raphael, who took part last year.’
After the residential, the Trust select 150 students to continue with the programme. Carrie and Nandipha will discover whether they have been selected on 24th April.