Derry students set for American adventure on US Scholarship programme

Derry students set for American adventure on US Scholarship programme

PICTURED ABOVE: Derry students Brid Peoples, Dylan Copland, Leo Griffiths and Maeve McHugh are pictured with Dr. Erin Hinson, Study USA Student Support Advisor, Richard Leeman, Skills Division, Department for the Economy, Northern Ireland, and Claire Hamilton, Study USA Programme Manager, British Council, Northern Ireland.

A number of Derry students are heading off on the adventure of a lifetime this month after being accepted onto a US Scholarship programme.

They are among 56 students from across Northern Ireland on the prestigious Study USA programme, which enables students to study business or STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) related subjects in American colleges, across 22 States, helping to develop their career prospects when they return to Northern Ireland.

The British Council, which is the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations, manages Study USA on behalf of the Department for the Economy – and since its formation in 1994, the initiative has sent over 2000 students from Northern Ireland to all four corners of the United States.

Brid Peoples from the village of Claudy and Maeve McHugh, from Magherafelt, both study Law at Queen’s University Belfast. Brid will spend her year at the University of Indianapolis, Indiana; while Maeve is off to Carroll University in Wisconsin.

Also taking part are North West Regional College students Dylan Copland and Leo Griffiths, who are both heading to Illinois. Dylan, from Drumahoe, currently studies Film and Television Production and will enrol at Monmouth College, while Derry student Leo, a Software Development student, is heading to McKendree University.

Dylan said: “Study USA is an amazing opportunity and to be one out of 56 students from the colleges and universities in Northern Ireland is fantastic.

“I applied to the programme as I wanted to build on my employability and independence away from home, as well as build up a level of knowledge within the business sector.

“Through the programme, I hope to gain valuable essential skills and qualities from the variety of classes I will attend, in order to bring new life and growth into Northern Ireland’s economy, all while promoting Northern Ireland in good light to my peers.”

Applications for Study USA for 2024-25 will open in September 2023.

To find out more about the programme, and eligibility criteria visit: nireland.britishcouncil.org/opportunities/study-usa

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