Bishop Thomas Grant School Geography student Kevin Mokhtar has secured a place at New York University in Abu Dhabi to study Social Sciences. New York University has branches in New York, Abu Dhabi and Shanghai.
Kevin is part of an increasing trend amongst sixth formers who are now seeking scholarships to top American universities following the dramatic rise in UK university tuition fees. This year, with the help of the Sutton Trust, 43 UK students have already obtained scholarships at NYU, Chicago University, Duke University and most Ivy League Universities.
Kevin, 17, who lives in Streatham has won a full scholarship, which means his tuition fees and living expenses will be covered for the duration of his 4-year course. The scholarship is provided with the help of the Sutton Trust, the foundation set up in 1997 devoted to improving social mobility through education, and the UK-US Fulbright Commission, funded by the US and the UK to promote educational exchange between the two countries. Financial support for the programme comes through Bank of America Merrill Lynch, the London Stock Exchange Group Foundation, Big Change, EducationUSA and an anonymous donor.
Kevin had to fight tough opposition to win his unconditional offer, with only 4% of applicants achieving places at New York University.
Kevin (see photograph above right) flew out to Abu Dhabi for his interview and said of his experience:
"I am extremely blessed and honoured to be able to study at one of the best universities in the world and start an exciting adventure travelling around the world while studying. After attending the interviews in Abu Dhabi, and experiencing it first-hand, I knew that I would have to come back. I loved my time there and I can’t wait to start in August. I can’t believe I have been granted this life changing opportunity. Without the help and support of the Sutton Trust I would have never been able to make my dream come true."
Reflecting on Kevin’s success, Bishop Thomas Grant School Headteacher Mr Desa commented: "Both I and in particular Kevin’s Head of Geography Ms Wilson would like to say how proud we are of Kevin and his achievements over his seven years at the school - we are really excited for him as he prepares now for what will be a once in a lifetime experience and something that many students will never have the opportunity to do."
With 11 A* grades at GCSE already and an unconditional offer from New York University Kevin is now set for a very bright future and we wish him every success.