Immersing himself in American culture, Daniel R (S6) is embarking on an exciting journey filled with new opportunities and adventures. He has been awarded an English-Speaking Union Secondary School Scholarship at Asheville in North Carolina, USA. 

Mrs Clark, Head of Guidance, shared: “Daniel was very proactive in researching the English-Speaking Union Secondary School Scholarship Programme. Having an offer of a deferred place at a UK university meant that he could look for ways to spend his gap year and he was excited by the thought of spending this in a US high school. The scholarship offers a wealth of experiences, both academic and cultural and I was delighted to support Daniel by providing a reference and endorsement of his application. The programme is very much a gap year with a difference and Daniel's success in being selected as an ESU scholar at Asheville School in Asheville, North Carolina is a tremendous achievement - only eight scholarships are awarded each year. We are all absolutely delighted for him!”

Daniel commented: “I applied to ESU as I was unsure of what I wanted to study next year and it looked like a great opportunity to gain perspective. I am excited to meet new people and travel in the USA during breaks, as well as looking forward to the better weather.”

Mr Macpherson, Head of Robert Gordon’s College, highlighted: “I’m really proud of Daniel for being so ambitious, and for being successful in such a competitive process. Spending a year in a boarding school in North Carolina will be a brilliant experience and will really broaden his horizons before going to university. I’m sure it will inspire other RGC pupils to follow in his footsteps too. I really look forward to hearing about his experiences when he returns from America.”

From Aberdeen to Asheville, S6 pupil awarded prestigious ESU Scholarship