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Making the exceptional happen: The Friends support US scholars at Sussex

Anna Biuso, US Friends Masters Scholar 2017-18

“As I hope you’ll remember from your own time at Sussex, studying abroad is a priceless experience. It teaches you the value of collaboration and how to work within different cultures. It exposes you to new ideas and broadens your horizons for the future.”
Jonathan Catherwood (ENGAM, 1984), Chair of the Friends of the University of Sussex

Sussex has an international reputation as a leading research institution with an interdisciplinary approach to teaching, which is why it is a first choice destination for many prospective students from the US. 

For some of these students, a scholarship from the Friends of the University of Sussex can turn their dream of coming to Sussex and living abroad into a reality. We are incredibly grateful to alumni and friends based in the US for supporting these scholarships – you are fundamental to the continued success of the university and to helping us to attract the brightest students who will make history in years to come.

The latest recipient of a Friends masters scholarship is Anna Biuso, a recent graduate from State University of New York at Geneseo, where she gained an International Relations BA. Anna is studying for her masters in International Education and Development at Sussex.

“I was ecstatic when I found out I was the recipient of the scholarship. This award has not only alleviated some of the financial burden of undertaking my masters, it has reaffirmed my commitment to my academic studies and my career. I am so grateful to the Friends of the University of Sussex.”

After completing her International Education and Development MA, Anna plans to work in the field of international development, focusing on access and quality of education in Southern Africa. 

“My goal is to work in policy initiative at an NGO or government agency specifically dealing with how education can assist in the process of reconciliation. However, after witnessing the breadth of interests of my peers, it is always possible my focus will shift slightly. Whether this is the case or not, I do know that my passion for Education and Development, and my drive to make a difference, will grow over the next year.

“I am very grateful to be here, which is almost entirely due to the generosity of the Friends of the University of Sussex. If I had not received the scholarship, I probably would have hesitated or decided not to come to Sussex. The financial support you have provided has given me a marvellous opportunity in an incredibly engaging environment.”

The Friends’ Board of Directors is keen to offer an increasing number of students from the US the opportunity to study at Sussex, and gifts of all sizes, big and small, add up to make a huge difference to bright, deserving students like Anna. 

Please help give others the opportunity to have as rich and rewarding an experience at Sussex as you did by making a gift today. The University pays for all administrative costs, so 100% of your gift will go directly to benefit students from the US at Sussex.

By: Emma Wigmore
Last updated: Wednesday, 21 March 2018