Lawrentians Nominated for Prestigious Scholarships

V Formers Ije Achebe, Esha Akhtar, Will Atkinson, Danica Bajaj, and Zack Finacchio have been nominated by the School for this year’s prestigious scholarships at Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), and the University of Virginia (UVA).

V Formers Ije Achebe, Esha Akhtar, Will Atkinson, Danica Bajaj, and Zack Finacchio have been nominated by the School for this year’s prestigious scholarships at Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), and the University of Virginia (UVA).

Achebe and Finacchio have both been nominated for the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program for Duke and UNC, which “invests in young leaders who strive to make transformational contributions to society in a joint merit scholarship offering participants a unique dual-university program,” according to the scholarship’s website.

Co-President of Diversity Council, Black Women at Lawrenceville (BWAL), and African Student Union (ASU), Achebe is also a member of the Religious Life Council (RLC). On her work at Lawrenceville, Achebe said, “It’s a huge honor to have been nominated...I’d like to think that the bit I do to bring black girls on campus together and promote a culture of learning as it relates to identity...has actually touched some students, and being nominated for this scholarship makes me feel confident that it has.”

Finacchio is a President of the Humanitarian Aid Society (HAS), a member of the Periwig Executive Council, and a prefect in the Woodhull House. Reflecting on the scholarship, Finnachio said, “I feel super lucky and over the moon that I was able to get nominated for this opportunity. One of my favorite aspects of the scholarship is the funding they provide for summer enrichment. Being able to spend the time to learn in-depth about how to best help communities and lead new initiatives is such a privilege.”

Akhtar and Bajaj have been nominated for UNC’s Morehead-Cain Scholarship, which “seeks driven, courageous, and inquisitive leaders eager to embrace new and unknown experiences,” according to the scholarship’s website.

Akhtar is a co-founder of the magazine In the Margins, the Diversity Representative on Student Council, and a Merrill Scholar. Reflecting on her experiences at Lawrenceville, she said, “I think I have truly found a place within diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) at Lawrenceville...I’ve just become a lot more confident in myself and my background, and I’ve found the strength and vulnerability to use my background to empower myself and others.” On being nominated, Akhtar said, “I really like how the scholarship offers access to a community that is very different to Lawrenceville—a large state school compared to a small private one, and I think that change is something I am really interested in exploring.”

Bajaj is a Dawes House prefect, a member of the Girls Varsity Fencing team, Girls Varsity Crew team, RLC, Diversity Council, and the Head Counselor for the Lawrenceville Performing Arts Camp (LPAC). She noted that “the Morehead-Cain scholarship is all about community, and Lawrenceville has given [her] so many opportunities to connect with a diverse range of people.”

Atkinson is this year’s nominee for the Jefferson Scholar Foundation at UVA, which “cultivates outstanding undergraduate students, providing them with financial support to pursue their passions and develop their talents for the good of the University and beyond,” according to the scholarship’s website. On campus, Atkinson is the President of the Lawrenceville Mock Trial team and of the Helping HomeFront club. Regarding the scholarship, Atkinson said, “I think it’s a great way to meet people with similar values…to myself, who want to be able to lead [and] build a strong community.” Given the opportunity, he hopes to extend his abilities out “into the rest of the world in order to collectively accomplish change.”

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