Alumni Spotlight

Oliver Mitchell-Boyask

Oliver Mitchell-Boyask graduated from The Waldorf School of Philadelphia in 2011 and currently is a senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he double majors in History along with Peace, War, and Defense. Oliver attends UNC on full scholarship having received the Morehead-Cain Scholarship in 2015, which is the oldest merit scholarship in the US.

Oliver is honored to receive such a prestigious award. “It’s been an amazing privilege to be a part of the program. The scholarship also funds four unique summer experiences that have allowed me to take a three week Outward Bound course in Maine, study Chattanooga’s thriving entrepreneurship scene, research Jewish American History at the Katz Center in Philadelphia, and spend a summer traveling through France and Belgium to gather primary source material for my senior honors thesis in History.”

Outside the classroom, he participates in and enjoys baseball, theater, a cappella, student government, comedy, and Jewish life. Upon graduating from the University of North Carolina, Oliver intends to join the United States Naval Academy to pursue a career as a Naval officer, dedicating himself to a life of service. 

Oliver considers his early Waldorf education as an ideal primer for his college success. “In addition to giving me a well-rounded education that was crucial in preparing for high school and my college liberal arts degree, Waldorf education imparted various “life skills” that have served me well since graduation.

He is particularly impressed with how Waldorf education prepared him for these life skills he never even knew he was learning, as, at the time, his lessons were simply “fun,” such as raising money and travelling on the eighth grade trip to Costa Rica.

“I just thought we did it because it was a cool thing to do. But raising the requisite funds led us to essentially run a business for three years — teaching us how to plan financial decisions and treat customers. The trip itself provided valuable lessons in self-reliance, teamwork, perseverance, and fortitude.”

About Oliver

  • Class of 2011
  • Germantown Friends School
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Recipient of Morehead-Cain Scholarship