Kids from Britain’s poorest communities will go to Harvard and Yale below a scholarship scheme unveiled yesterday.
Sam Gyimah, the Universities Minister, mentioned he needed a ‘honest crack of the whip’ for these from disadvantaged faculties, and to interrupt the stranglehold of the ultra-wealthy on the US’s high Ivy League faculties.
The bursaries will likely be funded with £400,000 of presidency money annually.
They are going to be run by the Fulbright Fee, an elite scholarship programme, which can explicitly goal disadvantaged children for the primary time in its 70-year historical past.
Sam Gyimah (pictured), the Universities Minister, mentioned he needed a ‘honest crack of the whip’ for thos from disadvantaged faculties
Mr Gyimah mentioned he needs to focus on ‘those that by no means dreamed’ of attending US universities, which too usually are ‘playgrounds’ for Britain’s ‘super-rich’.
Ivy League universities are much more costly than their British counterparts. Tuition can price as much as £40,000 a 12 months, though there are monetary help packages obtainable for worldwide college students.
Attending the Ivy League has develop into the brand new manner for rich children to achieve the sting on their friends, with entrants from British personal faculties rising by virtually 20 per cent within the final three years.
They embody Rory Farquharson, previously head boy at Rugby Faculty in Britain, who’s now courting Barack Obama’s daughter Malia at Harvard.
Harry Potter star Emma Watson attended Brown College after leaving the £30,000-a-year Headington Faculty in Oxford.
Harry Potter star Emma Watson attended Brown College after leaving the £30,000-a-year Headington Faculty in Oxford
Demand is so nice that London-based businesses at the moment are charging as much as £20,000 per pupil to information households by way of the American software system.
The gruelling course of sees candidates suggested to put aside a minimal of 80 hours to fill within the varieties.
Mr Gyimah mentioned: ‘For the super-rich, the world is their playground. They select the place to review, they select the place to reside, they will reside in multiple nation at a time.
‘There are enormous benefits that come from that publicity. Permitting deprived, vibrant and ready college students to have the ability to have that form of publicity can solely be a great factor for our nation.’
Unbiased Faculties Council figures confirmed that between 2014 and 2016, the variety of personal college pupils from the UK attending US universities jumped by 19 per cent, from 637 to 762.
The Fulbright Scholarship was arrange within the aftermath of the Second World Warfare to construct bridges internationally. Since 1948 it has offered 23,000 scholarships, each to UK college students finding out in America, and US college students coming right here.