Tuesday, April 16, 2024

American dream comes true for Dannie

HARDWORKING Dannie beats off hundreds of applicants all over the UK to gain a place on a prestigious US programme that supports highly talented young people from low income families and will be spending a week at MIT this summer.

First year student Dannie Slade, 17 successfully gained a place onto the Sutton Trust US Programme after impressing the judges with a strong application and performance during a 3-day residential in London.

Palmer’s College recommended the programme to Dannie who aspires to be Hydrologist and has always dreamt of studying Geography at a top US university.

100 students were selected onto the programme which is delivered in partnership with the US-UK Fulbright Commission and aims to give students a taste of life at an American university with the prospect of being fully funded to study in the US.

Mark Vinall, Principal of Palmer’s College said: “Congratulations to Dannie on a magnificent achievement that we are all proud of.”

A-level student Dannie said: “I’m ecstatic of the opportunity and still can’t believe that I’ve been selected. My family can’t afford the high tuition fees to study at a UK university so when I heard about the programme, I had to give it my all!

“I’m the first in my family to go onto college and “hopefully” university – I’ve made my parents very proud.”

Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator at Palmer’s College, Dr Tracey Elder said: “It has been an absolute pleasure teaching and mentoring Dannie since she joined my Critical Thinking class in September. As soon as I told Dannie about this fantastic opportunity, she showed great determination and enthusiasm in reaching her goal of securing a place.”

Students on the programme are supported over a number of months with an orientation and introduction event, a week in the US based in Yale or MIT and with visits to other campuses and a mini college fair, intensive preparation and counselling, tailored mentoring and admissions tests financed by the Sutton Trust Programme.


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