As one of the worlds’ most prestigious universities, Harvard attracts applications from the best students, and generally accepts only one Sri Lankan student per year. This year that honour has been offered to a student at Elizabeth Moir School – Urshella Hisham. Urshella is the 7th student from Moir, and the 6th in the last 9 years, to be offered a place at Harvard.
Urshella was awarded a full academic scholarship from Elizabeth Moir School in 2012, after having received her primary education at Holy Family Convent Bambalapitiya. Speaking of her achievement Urshella said “The fact that generally only one Sri Lankan is admitted to Harvard University each year, meant that I kept my expectations of receiving good news, extremely low. So, being offered a place at Harvard was surreal to me! To this day, it sometimes still randomly hits me, “I’m going to Harvard next fall!” and I can’t help but smile”. Urshella has decided to pursue a unique combination of subjects including Chemistry and Astrophysics, with a secondary concentration in International Relations.
Expressing her gratitude to the teaching staff at Elizabeth Moir School, Urshella said “From the very first examination I took at Moir, my teachers identified my potential and groomed me to achieve the best I could in all my examinations”. A genuine all-rounder, Urshella was also Athletics captain, House captain, a Prefect and finally the Captain of School at Moir; juggling sports, debating and community service activities while maintaining a stellar academic record. At Harvard, she will join former Moir Captains of School, Steffan Paul who is in his second year studying Molecular and Cellular Biology, and Yohann Sequeira, who is reading Economics.