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USA Friends Scholars commence their studies

The four students selected by the Board of the Friends of the University of Sussex to receive a USA Friends Scholarship this year have started their studies. Suzanne Owens, Allison Pelissier, Austin Scott and Adrianna Rockford are all benefitting from the support of alumni and friends in the United States.

Suzanne, who is undertaking an MA in International Education and Development is thankful for the scholarship which has allowed her to come to Sussex. She believes that the University's 'world-class campus facilities, and the stellar faculty in the School of Education and Social Work' will allow her to expand on her practical teaching experience to become 'a leader in the field of refugee education'.

Austin, studying an MA in Sexual Dissidence in Literature and Culture is also grateful for his scholarship, thanking alumni who have given him the opportunity to fully immerse himself in student life at the University: 'the funds have allowed me to attend a host of events offered to students, such as unique, informative lectures offered 'after hours'. My ability to participate at these talks would not have been possible without the financial support of the USA Friends Scholarship.' 

Raising funds for scholarships for American students is a priority for the Friends of the University of Sussex. With its international reputation as a leading research institution, Sussex is the first choice for many exceptional students from the US, and benefiting from a scholarship can make their aspiration of studying at Sussex a reality. We are grateful to the growing number of alumni based in the US who are supporting these scholarships.

The Friends of the University of Sussex is a 501(c) (3) organisation and all gifts are therefore tax deductible. If you would like to make a gift to support scholarships for US students to study at Sussex, or any other area of the University, please contact the Development and Alumni Relations Office on

By: Amy Stevens
Last updated: Friday, 28 October 2011