Anushka Dar ’21 recently learned that she is one of just a few dozen students from across the nation to receive a prestigious University of Virginia Jefferson Scholarship. The award, which seeks to attract and cultivate “the most promising leaders, scholars, and citizens,” covers the entire cost of attendance for four years, as well as supplemental enrichment experiences. Each year, UVA receives more than 2,000 nominations for the award, which it narrows down to 120 finalists, then its final crop of around 30 Scholars.
“It was just such a huge honor being nominated and becoming a finalist,” Anushka says. “I never expected to even get there—or to win!”
Anushka learned the thrilling news this March after participating in the Jefferson Scholars Selection Event, a virtual weekend of various information sessions, an interview, and more. It didn’t take her long to commit to the University, which she feels is a great fit for her interests, passions, and plans. She hopes to study biology and sociology and find opportunities to continue pursuing many of the activities she’s loved so much at Holton, including singing (Chorus and Chamber Singers) and diversity, equity, and inclusion work (Let’s Talk About It, Diversity Conference, SPECTRUM, and South Asia Culture Club leadership).
One of the things that attracted her most to UVA, and the Jefferson Scholars program in particular, is the school’s focus on empowering and cultivating student leaders. “You can see that student leadership is really prominent and powerful there, and I’m really looking forward to the leadership opportunities that come with being a part of the Jefferson Scholars Program,” she says.
The Holton community joins together in offering Anushka their most emphatic congratulations. Zoe Mayfield, Anushka’s College Counselor, says, “We are proud of all that Anushka has accomplished during her time at Holton and recognize and thank her for her tenacious leadership, insatiable curiosity, and commitment to seeing and valuing those around her for who they are. We look forward to seeing all that she will go on to achieve.”