Tooting teens head to Harvard and Yale this summer

Cameron Carrington and Sagar Deb

Cameron Carrington and Sagar Deb

First published in News Wandsworth Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

Two Tooting students are heading to top US universities, Harvard and Yale, this summer.

Sagar Deb and Cameron Carrington, from Ernest Bevin College, will cross the Atlantic to enjoy a week of college life at the Ivy League Universities.

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Harvard in Massachusetts

They have been accepted onto a US student programme during which they will be given support with applications to US universities and hopefully funding.

The programme is run jointly by the Sutton Trust and the US-UK Fulbright Commission – which has its UK headquarters in Nine Elms.

The not-for-profit education body moved to Wandsworth in 2010 to establish links ahead of the US Embassy’s relocation to Nine Elms in 2017.

The commission provides youngsters from both countries with opportunities to access higher education on the other side of the Atlantic.

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Roehampton University 

Sagar said: “I am interested in studying Biochemistry and in the US system undergraduates can have the opportunity to work with some of the top professors."

Cameron said: "I am very excited about going to the US this summer because one of my long term goals is to play volleyball there and I have been looking into playing at American universities.

"I also like the idea that you don't choose just one subject for your undergraduate degree but can study a range of subjects at university.

"We will be visiting universities around Harvard and we also get to watch a Boston Red Sox baseball game, which will be a big highlight for me."

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Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth Council, said: “I’m absolutely delighted the borough’s growing relationship with America is producing such wonderful opportunities for local young people.

"Good luck to Sagar and Cameron - I hope they enjoy their week in the Ivy League and go on to secure full scholarships.”

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