Millfield Students Sign for Competitive US University Scholarships

Upper Sixth Millfield students sign to attend a range of US Universities next year on highly competitive scholarships.

Caitlin McLoughlin, Tamryn van Selm, Kai Snell, Izzy Renwick, Ciara Vogler and Tom Williams are amongst the first group of students who have signed their offers to attend universities in the United States.  

“Caitlin, who joined Millfield Prep in Year 6 as an all-round scholar, has accepted a scholarship to Merrimack College, Boston to study Business and Marketing at the Girard School of Business and play Division 1 Tennis for the Warriors. She said, “I’m really excited. I have always wanted to go to University in the US and getting an athletic scholarship has allowed me to realise the amazing opportunities that lie ahead. I am hugely thankful to the Millfield tennis department who have supported me with filming my videos for the application.”

Tamryn joined Millfield in Lower Sixth for the scholarships for sport and academics and has accepted a scholarship at North Carolina State University. After submitting her impressive racing times online, Tamryn received offers from multiple US universities. Tamryn said “I am really happy with my decision and looking forward to starting. I’m most excited to be part of the swim team, to be a part of something bigger than yourself, representing a group of people and training with them every day, in an environment that is really unique.”

Kai joined Millfield in Year 9 and has been offered a hockey scholarship at Indiana University, Bloomington to study Sport Marketing and Management. Kai contacted multiple universities to find one that offered an academic and sports scholarship. She said “I am really excited and it is quite surreal. I’m particularly looking forward to playing in the competitive Division 1 program. I am interested in the culture and meeting different people from around the world, such as New Zealand and the Netherlands.”

Izzy has attended Millfield since Year 8 for swimming, and she has accepted a scholarship at the University of Massachusetts, Amhurst. Izzy said “It is quite nerve-racking because I have not been able to visit but I am also really excited about the experience and adventure I will have going to a new country. The opportunity for swimming and the support from the school is something I am very grateful for.” Mrs Nixon was there to support me whenever I needed help”.

Ciara, who has been at Millfield since Year 9, is heading to Grinnell College for a swimming scholarship. She said “I am really pleased; it will be good. I am looking forward to being able to pick my major in my second year, it will be a different experience and I’m excited to be swimming.”

Finally, Tom has accepted a place at the University of Mary Washington on a rugby scholarship. First team rugby player Tom said, “I want to get a different experience and rugby is getting bigger in the US. I am grateful to Mrs Nixon who gave me one on one sessions as I was a late applicant, she supported me with essay writing and communications. I’m so happy with the location as it is near to New York, Florida, mountains and coastline.”

Linda Nixon, Tutor in Charge, said “It has been a pleasure to work with the students and share their excitement when they receive offers. Without exception, the commitment and dedication they have shown to become the very best in their sports is phenomenal for young people of their age and will stand them in good stead when they continue with the demands put upon them by the American Colleges. Many students are receiving offers, and this could be a record-breaking year for Millfield.”

On average, 10% of Millfield pupils apply to study at universities in the US and Canada, and the numbers each year are growing. Some are attracted by the fantastic sports facilities and opportunities, whilst many favour the academic tuition system which provides more flexibility on course choice and the opportunity of combining a diverse range of subject areas.

Millfield provides specialist guidance for applications to American universities by employing a Tutor in Charge, timetabled SAT classes (headed by our SAT advisor Heather Jackson) and a Virginian Fellow, which is a student at the University of Virginia who resides at Millfield to assist with the US university application process. Millfield is also one of few SAT centres in the UK, which means that pupils can take their SAT entry exam onsite.

Our Careers & Higher Education Department is resourced to provide guidance to meet individual aspirations, whatever a student's ambitions, whether it is Oxbridge, Russell Group, specialist colleges, American or other colleges and international universities.

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