11856530_508445969321081_3405728670482982182_oCohort 2 (2013-14)

  • Samuel Friedrich Gebicke-Kerr, Swarthmore College
  • Thomas Inglis, Northwestern University
  • Michael Lawrie, University of Rochester
  • Julia Murphy, Dartmouth University
  • Cheryl Smith, Claremont McKenna College
  • Craig Thornburn, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Kirsten Tingle, Pomona College

Cohort 3 (2014-15)

  • Antonio Exposito, Lafayette College
  • Chantelle Leswell, Smith College
  • Heather McCafferty, Whitman College
  • Lisa Mcmillan, Smith College
  • Ruby Newsham, Trinity College
  • Krzysztof Norko, Princeton University

Cohort 4 (2015-16)

  • Maria McAveety, Skidmore College
  • Erin McDermott, Duke University
  • Craig McHugh, Emory University
  • Jack Dunn, Dartmouth College
  • Samuel Fox, Dartmouth College
  • Kerry O’Neil, University of Pennsylvania
  • Robyn Pattison, Skidmore College
  • Katie Russell, Northwestern University
  • Bethany Tallis, University of Rochester

Case Studies

Craig’s story


Craig McHugh, 18, won a funded place at Emory University as a Woodruff Scholar after participating in the US Summer School programme. He was one of 150 students selected for a summer school in either the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) or Yale University, visiting several other US universities.

Craig lives with his father and two younger brothers and will be the first person in his family to pursue a university education. He completed his Scottish Highers at Beath High School and was an active pupil leader and prefect at his school.

“I am unbelievably grateful for this chance as the reason I was suitable for the Sutton Trust in the first place was due to the fact Cowdenbeath and the surrounding area is thought to not yield as much opportunity for young people as other more well off areas, but hopefully this negative stereotype will be eradicated sooner rather than later.”

Craig McHugh, US Summer School alumni 2015

Scottish Students Making Headlines

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

Beath’s Chantelle lives the American Dream (Central Fife Times)

Cathkin high pupils getting ready to live the American dream (Daily Record)

Craig’s delight at getting US opportunity (Central Fife Times)

Gemma lives her American Dream (Edinburgh News)

Penicuik pupil Gemma is flying the flag for the US (Midlothian Advertiser)

American dream! Scots students sure places at top US universities (Glasgow Evening Times)

Scots students secure place at top US universities (Herald Scotland)