A ROTHERHAM teenager is preparing for life at a top US university - after winning a four-year scholarship funded by a leading UK charity.
Eighteen-year-old Samuel Marley is off to Boston to study at the prestigious Northeastern University, with all his fees and living costs paid for.
The former Wales High School student is one of 21 young people receiving backing from the Sutton Trust, a charity which promotes social mobility.
All come from homes with low incomes and are the first from their families to go to university.
Samuel was chosen after being selected to go to a summer school held at Yale University last year.
He spent a week in July living on campus, and visited Trinity College, Wesleyan, Columbia, Harvard and Princeton and New York City.
Samuel was later given intensive support to help him with admission tests, applications and interviews.
The undergraduates were invited to the US embassy in London for a reception to celebrate their success.
The others won places at top Ivy League universities including Harvard, Yale, Columbia and Dartmouth.
Together they will be receiving support worth over £3 million.
Sutton Trust chair Sir Peter Lampl said: “We had no idea how successful students like Samuel would be and the results have way exceeded our expectations.
“He and the others will act as a beacon for thousands of other state school students to apply to study in the US.”