Elle takes top scholarship

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A sixth form student at the Hayfield School has beaten around 62,000 applicants to win a prestigious scholarship for ‘future leaders’.

Elle Winfield will become a Robertson Scholar at Duke University, North Carolina, with all fees paid for her over four years with international travel each summer.

The 18-year old who is a Hayfield School prefect will study English Literature within the programme that invests in young leaders who strive to make transformational contributions to society.’

Her year tutor at Hayfield, Ben Robertson, said: “Elle’s achievement in gaining a place on the prestigious Robertson Scholarship is outstanding. The Scholarship draws from a remarkably large field of international and American students.”

To win her place, Elle attended an American summer school at Yale University last summer and completed 20 essays over 12 months. Final interviews took place last December at Oxford University.

Mr Robertson added: “At Hayfield School, we are delighted to recognise Elle’s incredible talent and work in achieving such an opportunity and we wish her all success in the future.”

Scholars are selected for academic achievement, intellectual curiosity, moral character, leadership and collaborative spirit. Financial benefits include full tuition, room and board, and mandatory fees for four years, plus widespread travel experiences.

Elle is already a voluntary Ambassador for the National Citizenship Service.

Her interests include studying history and human rights, with a ‘passion’ for improving social mobility.

Within her ambassador role, she visits schools to promote opportunities for all pupils and organises charity events.