Congratulations to one of our BA Primary Education students, Toby Clark, for gaining the prestigious Fullbright Scholarship Award 2023-2024!
Toby applied for the Fulbright Scholarship to further study Music Education, driven by his passion, goals and confidence. Speaking about his passion for Music Education and his time here at the University of Reading, he says: “I could write endlessly about the personal importance of Music; let alone the literature behind it. Immersing myself in University life through schemes such as the Reading Experience and Development (RED) Award, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (UROP) and extra-curricular opportunities has opened the doors for my interest in my subject”.
Looking back, he says it can be daunting to put in your application, considering how competitive such scholarships can be. But Toby advises other students to “take leaps and aspire to achieve. Push yourself into something new, realise that you are amazing, and your drive and passion will pull you into doing something you love”.
Toby is delighted for the opportunity to study a postgraduate degree in Education where he aims to push himself even further to change lives. Not forgetting the support he received during the application process, he extends his gratitude to his Programme Director and Subject Leads, for all their support throughout the application process and his time studying here at Reading. He states: “Thank you so much for everything you have done to help me throughout the course. I wouldn’t be in this position without the care and support that you have given me”.
Fullbright Scholarships provide an opportunity for knowledge exchange amongst students in the UK and the USA. It creates an impact through the promotion of academic excellence and curiosity, advancing human knowledge by investing in human potential and increasing social mobility. The Fullbright Scholarship has been dubbed “the most prestigious international scholarship in the world” by Erasmusu in 2022.
In Toby’s words: “I can proudly say… I am off to America!”