ST ANDREWS University student, Alex Hygate, has been given a place on a Fulbright Summer Institute to study at Georgetown University, in Washington D.C.
Created by treaty in 1948, the US-UK Fulbright Commission is the only bi-lateral, transatlantic scholarship programme, offering awards and summer programmes for study or research in any field, at any accredited US or UK university.
Alex, born in the Isle of Scilly, is in his first year of studying physics at St Andrews.
Elected as the Member of Youth Parliament for the Isles of Scilly, Alex continues to participate in representation as a member of the Universities Physics Student Staff Council.
Created in the aftermath of World War Two, the Fulbright programme was conceived by Senator J. William Fulbright to promote leadership, learning and empathy between nations through educational exchange. Notable alumni of the Fulbright Commission include novelist Ian Rankin, economist and Nobel Prize Winner Milton Friedman, and actor John Lithgow.
Each year the Commission supports around 50 UK and US undergraduate students to undertake a demanding academic and cultural programme at leading institutions in the US and UK.
The Commission is partly funded by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills in the UK and the US Department of State, with additional support coming from a variety of individual and institutional partners.