Anamay Viswanathan, Dulwich College’s school captain, has won a Morehead-Cain Scholarship at the University of North Carolina, the most prestigious academic undergraduate scholarship in the US. Awarded to around just 50 students from across the world each year, this is a tremendous achievement.

Morehead-Cain recipients are chosen solely on the basis of merit and accomplishment. Selection criteria for the Morehead-Cain are ‘leadership, academic achievement, moral force of character and physical vigour’.

Anamay joined Dulwich College age seven and is considered by his teachers and peers alike to be a fine orator, considerate and charming. He has excelled academically, founded two popular societies – PPE (Philosophy, Politics & Economics) and Cookery (he won the national BBC Good Food competition in 2010) – and is a talented sportsman (Anamay holds the Alec Bedser Bowling Scholar for Surrey County Cricket club).

Despite his standing in the school community and beyond, Anamay remains a modest and humble young man, who does not assume or impress privilege. Dr Joseph Spence, Master of Dulwich College, said of Anamay and his achievement ‘We are delighted for Anamay. He is a true scholar, one who engages wholeheartedly with whatever he undertakes, and is possessed with exceptional drive and intellectual curiosity, qualities which infect those around himHe is also natural leader and we will all trace his subsequent career with interest and confidence.’

The Morehead-Cain Scholarship covers all expenses for four years of undergraduate study (accommodation, fees, living expenses) and over four summers, scholars will have the opportunity to complete an outdoor leadership course, carry out public service in the United States or abroad, conduct research at sites across the world and gain experience in private enterprise.

Anamay joins an elite group of global Morehead-Cain scholars; we can expect to hear more about him in the future.