The future is looking bright for a Hartlepool student who is heading to America.
A Year 12 student from Hartlepool Sixth Form College has gained a place on a prestigious education programme linking the UK to the US.
Lydia Hewitt has been chosen for the Sutton Trust US Programme 2017, US-UK Fulbright Commission, which is designed to encourage academically talented, low and middle income British students to consider studying in US universities.
Lydia was picked from a competitive application pool of more than 1,000 students for a place on the programme that will see her travel to the USA this summer.
She successfully came through a rigorous testing and selection programme and passed with flying colours.
Lydia, formerly a pupil at St Michael’s Catholic Academy in Billingham, will accompany another 150 students from the UK and abroad and will spend time living on campus and visiting a number of US universities.
Lydia is an exceptional young lady and I’ve no doubt this experience will be hugely influentialBen Robinson
She will get the opportunities of Summer Schools at either Massachusetts Institute of Technology or Yale, with a university fair hosted at Harvard.
Currently studying maths, further maths and physics at Hartlepool Sixth Form College, Lydia is delighted at the opportunity and has been fully supported by the college’s bespoke Honours Programme for academically gifted students.
College bosses say they encourage students to set their aspirations high and ‘support them in the fullest way possible to achieve their goals’.
Ben Robinson, director of student guidance and support at the college, said: “I am absolutely delighted for Lydia.
“One of our main focusses at the college is to encourage students to set their aspirations high and support them in the fullest way possible to achieve their goals.
“Lydia is an exceptional young lady and I’ve no doubt this experience will be hugely influential in her future ambitions and success.”