News: May 13, 2015

Robertson Scholars Leadership Program Announces Class of 2019

Thirty-two high school graduates have accepted invitations to become Robertson Scholars, receiving undergraduate merit scholarships to attend either the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill or Duke University.

This year’s class hails from 15 states and six different countries, representing a plethora of backgrounds and global views.

The Robertson Scholars Leadership Program invests in young leaders who strive to make transformational contributions to society. Scholars are selected based on students’ demonstration of outstanding academic achievement, intellectual curiosity, force of moral character, purposeful leadership and collaborative spirit.

The Robertson Program’s financial benefits include full tuition, room and board and mandatory fees for four years of undergraduate study, in addition to three summers of domestic and international experiences.

Robertson Scholars matriculate to one university while receiving student privileges at both UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke, including opportunities to pursue second majors and minors, enroll in courses, and participate in student activities. During the academic year, the Robertson Program provides customized offerings designed to enable Scholars to realize their full leadership potential.

The Robertson Program was created in 2000 through a gift from Julian Robertson, a 1955 graduate of UNC, and his wife, Josie. Inspired by their sons, one of whom graduated from Duke in 1998, and another from UNC in 2001, the Robertson’s believed that each institution offered a distinctive undergraduate experience, but that the combination of the two promised a breadth and depth of resources that no other university could match.

The Robertson alumni network consists of approximately 300 leaders on six continents, linked together by a common goal to make positive and palpable contributions to their communities.

The Robertson Scholars Leadership Program is proud to announce its class of 2019:


Scholars at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (name, high school, hometown):

Daya Uppal, Modern School Vasant Vihar, New Delhi


Amit Dodani, Chaminade College Preparatory, West Hills
Erica Johnson, Vista Murrieta High School, Murrieta

Catalina Berenblum, American Heritage School, Doral
Elina Rodriguez, Hillsborough High School, Tampa

Jermaine Bryant, Northview High School, Johns Creek
Vishnu Ramachandran, Duluth High School, Duluth 

Wilson Guo, Moscow Senior High School, Moscow

Scott Emmons, Bloomington High School North, Bloomington

New Mexico
Eliza Harrison, Santa Fe Preparatory School, Santa Fe 

New York
Lucy Best, Saint Ann’s School, Brooklyn
Katie Tan, Great Neck South High School, Great Neck 

North Carolina
Breanna Lewis, Enloe Magnet High School, Apex
Visrut Sudhakar, Enloe Magnet High School, Cary 

Sreya Atluri, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Centreville 

West Virginia
Noah Mancuso, Parkersburg High School, Vienna


Scholars at Duke University:

Henry Feng, Cranbrook School, Bellevue Hill, NSW
Myla Swallow, The Hills Grammar School, Kenthurst, NSW

Hannah Godefa, St. Elizabeth Catholic High School, Thornhill, Ontario

Harry Elworthy, Takapuna Grammar School, Auckland
Duncan Parsons, Lindisfarne College, Havelock North

George Elliott, Eton College, London
Rachael Murtagh, Lord Wandsworth College, Hook
Elle Winfield, The Hayfield School, Doncaster


Matthew Kaplan, Tesseract School, Phoenix

Melanie Farfel, Canyon Crest Academy, San Diego

Raymond Pryor, East High School, Denver

Chaya Bhat, T.R. Robinson High School, Tampa Bay 

Rohan Sheth, Armand Hammer United World College, Arlington Heights

New York
Kalif Jeremiah, Polytech Prep Country Day School, Brooklyn

Patrick Forest Cummings-Taylor, Saint Marks School of Texas, Richardson

Mia King, Lakeside School, Seattle

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