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Durham-Orange scholars named

Vikram Aikat
Vikram Aikat Morehead Foundation

The Morehead-Cain Foundation, the first merit scholarship program in the U.S., has named 67 Class of 2020 Morehead-Cain Scholars, who will attend UNC-Chapel Hill.

The Morehead-Cain Scholarship covers all expenses for four years of undergraduate study at UNC-Chapel Hill, including summer enrichment experiences.

The new class includes 35 scholars from North Carolina. Recipients from Durham and Orange counties are:

Vikram Aikat will graduate from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, where he is student body president, leading both the student senate and executive board. He also helped found AquaVerum, a company that has conceptualized a cheaper method of cleaning water polluted by hydraulic fracturing, and has conducted research into protein hydration at UNC-Chapel Hill. His academic interests include physics and computer science. He is the son of Deb and Jay Aikat of Chapel Hill.

Mia Wendy Colloredo-Mansfeld will graduate from East Chapel Hill High School in Chapel Hill, where she is the co-founder and co-president of the Be Loud! Sophie Foundation. The organization is dedicated to supporting adolescent and young adult cancer patients at UNC Hospitals. She also plays high school and club soccer, tutors and volunteers with the Habitat for Humanity club. She is the daughter of Rudi and Chesca Colloredo-Mansfeld of Chapel Hill.

Kunal Lodaya will graduate from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, where he is captain of the mock trial team and has twice won the Best Attorney Award at regional competitions. He is also band officer of the marching band, captain of the school’s Raas and Broad Street Bhangra teams, and serves as a residential life assistant. He is the son of Mayur and Rita Lodaya of Chapel Hill.

Daniel Shiloh Malawsky will graduate from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, where he serves in multiple leadership roles. He is also a musician, playing cello in productions of “The Nutcracker” and “Guys and Dolls,” and once interned with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. His academic interests include neuroscience and linguistics. He is the son of Douglas and Yael Malawsky of Chapel Hill.

Isa van der Drift will graduate from Cedar Ridge High School in Hillsborough, where she is co-president of Model United Nations, attending nine conferences and once winning Outstanding Delegate. She also works with Inspire North Carolina organizing voter registration drives and other projects, and serves as vice president of the Environmental Club. Her academic interests include public health and international relations. She is the daughter of Carol Lewald of Mebane and Koen van der Drift of Durham.