North West

Cohort 1 (2012-13)

  • Stephanie Addenbrooke, Yale University
  • Lucinda Denney, Yale University

Cohort 2 (2013-14)

  • Gemma Collins, Harvard University
  • Katrina Davies, Princeton University
  • Hannah Orr, Georgia Institute of Technology (President’s Scholarship Recipient)

Cohort 3 (2014-15)

  • Rachel Bailey, University of Chicago
  • Hollie Haigh, Middlebury College
  • Kieren Helmn, Emory University
  • Kirsty McLaren, St Olaf College
  • Phillippa Owens, (Morehead-Cain Scholarship) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Melissa Woodward, Hamilton College

Cohort 4 (2015-16)

  • Charlotte Babarinsa, Oberlin College
  • Ibrahim Butt, Duke University
  • Phoebe Cribb, Bryn Mawr College
  • Emma Humphries, Smith College
  • Owen Ogden, Yale University

Case Studies


Gemma’s Story

Gemma Collins grew up in Blackpool, Lancashire, with her mother, and three younger siblings. She attended a nearby comprehensive school. Gemma was a student on the Trust’s US programme in 2013, and subsequently gained a place at Harvard University with a full scholarship. Gemma is the first in her family to attend university.

‘The Sutton Trust programme was the catalyst that gave me the courage and resources to accomplish something that was just a dream this time last year.  The programme has been invaluable, providing me with support, knowledge, experience, advice and encouragement. To have been a part of such an opportunity has not only been an honour and a privilege, but a truly life-changing opportunity.’

 North West Students Making Headlines

Home and away: the British teenagers who have won scholarships at America’s top universities (Guardian)

Katrina’s American dream comes true with scholarship to top university (Manchester Evening News)

Mersey headteacher’s US honour (Liverpool Echo)

From Cleckheaton to Harvard: state pupils win US scholarships (Independent)

Widnes student wins chance to study in America (The Northern Echo)