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Harvard Bound Eshaan Vakil Named Coca Cola Scholar and Semi-Finalist in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

Eshaan Vakil, a Clark High School Senior, is named to the 32nd class of Coca-Cola Scholars.  Vakil will receive a $20,000 college scholarship and join a family of 6,300+ alumni who are leading positive change in their communities and around the world. Akaash Krishnan from Reno’s acclaimed Davidson Academy is also honored to be the 32nd class of Coca-Cola Scholars.

Less than 1/6th of 1% of applicants were chosen to receive this extremely competitive award. These 150 students, who were selected from an initial pool of 93,075 applications from across the country, not only exemplify superior leadership, service, and academics – they are change agents, positively affecting others in their communities.

Most recently, Vakil is named a semi-finalist for the 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.  The program recognizes and honors some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors.  Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.  Initially, nine South Asian students were nominated for the program from Nevada.  Vakil is the only South Asian heritage student from Southern Nevada. The finalist will be named in May 2020.  

Eshaan Vakil

Beginning Fall 2020, Vakil is joining Harvard University and plans on pursuing a Bachelor in Computer Sciences and International Relations.  With astounding educational and extra-curricular achievements, Vakil got admission at many of the other elite institutions of higher learning including, U-Penn, Brown, Dartmouth, and Georgetown, to name a few.

During his high school years, Vakil was honored with many national and international awards.  A History enthusiast, Vakil won 3 gold medals, 2 silver medals and 5 bronze medals at the International History Olympiad held at Germany in 2018. Vakil was also the winner of the 2016 International History Olympiad with 7 medals including 1 gold.

Apart from a scholarship from the Coca Cola Foundation, Vakil is also a recipient of the AXA Equitable Excellence Award.

At Clark High, Vakil has been actively involved in many volunteer and club activities.  Vakil was the President & Captain of the Quiz Bowl Club from 2017 through 2019, Parliamentarian for the Student Council, Director of the Student Magnet Board – Academy of Science, Math & Technology, 

Additionally, Vakil was the founder of RE-CHARGERS®, a peer mentorship program for high school students to provide a welcoming environment and reduce anxiety, by positive peer interaction.  Vakil was also instrumental in starting a non-profit Alliance for Academic Quiz Bowl where he recruited coaches and community volunteers, marketed to schools, wrote grants, and obtained support from the City of Las Vegas. 

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