Hornchurch student wins scholarship at American university

PUBLISHED: 17:30 20 January 2016 | UPDATED: 17:30 20 January 2016

Rebecca Wiggins

Rebecca Wiggins


A college student will be travelling to the states this summer after winning a scholarship to a top university.

Havering Sixth Form College student Rebecca Wiggins, of Hornchurch, is looking forward to studying at Pomona College after taking part in the Sutton Trust’s US Programme, which encourages academically talented teens to study at American universities.

The 17-year-old competed with more than 1,600 applicants for a place on the programme and attended a summer school at Yale University, America, as part of the selection process.

After taking admission tests Rebecca was delighted to be awarded a scholarship which will cover costs including tuition fees, accommodation, food and other expenses.

She said: “I still can’t believe I’ll be going to study in California this year.

“I first became interested in American universities after chatting to my pen pal who lives there and then finding out about the Sutton Trust programme through the careers department at college but I never thought I’d get to attend one!”

The former Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls pupil is studying A-level physics, maths, computing and German.

In America she hopes to major in computer science

or physics.

“I think the broad curriculum US universities offer will suit me as I love way too many subjects to only study one.

“I’m also really looking forward to the small class sizes and student-professor interaction that Pomona offers.”

Sir Peter Lampl, chairman of the Sutton Trust and the Education Endowment Foundation, said: “Our US Programme is a life-changing experience so I’m delighted that so many young people from low and middle income backgrounds have benefited from it this year.

“I hope more young people will look to their success and realise that a university education in America is well within their grasp.”

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