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Rupert Wilkinson scholarship opens the door to the US for two students

Rupert Wilkinson

A new scholarship set up in the name of a former faculty member is supporting two students to study in the US for a year.

The Rupert Wilkinson American Studies scholarship - named after the founder of the American Studies Year Abroad programme at Sussex - is aimed at high-performing single honours American Studies students.

Second year undergraduate, Matilda Vojak, received this year’s Rupert Wilkinson American Studies Year Abroad Scholarship. Fellow American Studies student Sophie Train-Clark received the Wilkinson Gift Aid Award. They will travel to the United States in the third year of their four-year course.

Professor Wilkinson's wife and son, Mary and Matthew Wilkinson, established the scholarship on behalf of the Wilkinson family.

Mary Wilkinson said: “Rupert had a passion for America. For all its contradictions and inequalities – which naturally fascinated him – he admired the energy and openness of its society, the drive to create. He set up American Studies Year Abroad to give Sussex students the chance to experience that society.

“When we were thinking of how best to remember him, scholarships were the obvious choice. We want students with dreams and drive, and in Matilda and Sophie I think we found them.”

Director of the American Studies Year Abroad Program, Dr Daniel Kane, said: “It's absolutely appropriate and wonderful that the first scholarship at Sussex designed to help students cover costs for their year abroad comes from the Wilkinson family.

“Rupert Wilkinson, who built his career at Sussex, was a groundbreaking Americanist, committed to interdisciplinary study. Rupert went far in both expanding our curriculum and our partnerships with universities in the United States, positioning Sussex as the preeminent place to read American Studies. This scholarship will prove a lasting legacy to Rupert's great vision."

Anyone seeking more information about the scholarship should please contact Dr Daniel Kane at the Sussex Centre for American Studies.

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Posted on behalf of: Development and Alumni Relations
Last updated: Thursday, 11 May 2017

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