This is a joint merit scholarship and leadership development programme at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. Henrik is one of only 36 scholars selected from over 60,000 applicants from around the world. Henrik is the second Robertson scholar to come from Abingdon School, following Alexander Hatzis in 2012.
Henrik said: “I am surprised and can’t quite believe it. It’s an amazing opportunity. The application process was tough, especially the interview, but it’s brilliant to have got through.”
Henrik hopes to enrol at Duke University but the scholarship offers a unique ‘dual citizenship’ at both universities, which will allow him access to courses and facilities across both campuses. The scholarship will cover all college costs as well as full funding for three summers of global travel, research and internships.
Henrik is one of an increasing number of school leavers who are considering the US for higher education. Henrik continued: “I wanted to study in the US because it offers a broad curriculum where I can continue with design and economics as well as my main interest, engineering. In the UK I would have had to specialise more in engineering.”
Andrew Swarbrick, who coordinates university applications at Abingdon, said: ‘There is increasing interest in the opportunities the US offers and last year we had about a dozen boys apply but the actual number who are taking up offers in the US is still very small compared to those choosing to go to UK universities. We are keen that pupils make themselves aware of all the opportunities available for higher education both in the UK and abroad so they can make an informed choice as to their next step.’