A FORMER Sheffield schoolgirl is following in the footsteps of Shirley Williams, Sylvia Plath and Charles Kennedy after being awarded one of the world’s most prestigious scholarships.
Sophie Moulin, who was a pupil at High Storrs School, has received a Fulbright award to study at Columbia University in New York City for the next two years.
Sophie, aged 26, who now lives in London, went from High Storrs to Kings College, Cambridge, where she achieved a double first in social and political sciences.
Fulbright scholarships are some of the most selective academic awards in the world and are given to talented young people from the UK and the US allowing them to visit each other’s countries.
Sophie will be working in innovative public service projects in New York City and developing her research in social policy.
Since graduating Sophie has worked on the Commission for Child Poverty and Life Chances and at the Department for Education, before joining the Institute for Public Policy Research.
She said: “I am proud to receive this award, and really excited to be learning about social policy in practice from exciting projects in New York City.
“I hope this experience will help me to contribute to enabling more young people to achieve their potential, wherever they come from.”
High Storrs’ head of humanities Tom Neill said: “Sophie was a fine student and teachers fortunate enough to teach such a talented and personable student do not forget them in a hurry!”