St Andrew’s College and DSG are delighted to announce that Mr William Hugh Alexander Cahill has been selected as the St Andrew’s College Rhodes Scholar-elect to Oxford University in 2016.
William was Headboy of Western Province Preparatory School in 2006, was elected as the Boxer Scholar to St Andrew’s College and went on to become Head of School in 2011.
He achieved Academic Honours throughout his school career, achieving eight distinctions in Matric, and made the final round of the Harmony Mathematics Olympiad every year of his College career. We was awarded the Sir Henry Strakosch Memorial Scholarship for Mathematics and Science in Grades 11 and 12. He garnered prizes for subjects as diverse as History, Design and Physical Science.
He had the singular distinction of being awarded the Antony Clark Plate for the most impressive all-rounder every year of his College career, which bore testimony to his exceptional athleticism and his cultural involvement. He was the Captain of the First Rowing VIII, played First XV Rugby and was awarded Colours for both these sports, as well as Athletics and Swimming. He was an outstanding public speaker and debater, taking part in the Model United Nations competition at Eton in 2009. He was a talented pianist and also took the male lead role in the School’s dance production in his Matric year. In 2011, William was appointed as Guard Commander of the Cadet Corps.
William is currently in his final year of Chemical Engineering at the University of Cape Town. He has been on the Dean’s Merit List every year, and in 2015 was invited to be a member of the Golden Key Society (the top 15% of all the students). He is the Men’s Captain of the UCT Rowing Club and is a member of the University Sport South Africa Rowing executive on which he chairs the Transformation and Diversity Committee. He was awarded Western Cape and South African Colours for Rowing in 2013 when he took part in the World University Games in Russia.
He also chairs the fundraising portfolio of Habitat for Humanity at UCT. He has maintained connections that he made during his College years with the Nemato “Change a Life Foundation” in Port Alfred, at which he coaches, tutors and supports the initiative.
It is William’s passion to leave the earth a better place than he found it. He intends to study for an MPhil in Economics at Oxford. Together with his Chemical Engineering background and his belief in the importance of developing sustainable and renewable energy resources, it is his dream to make a substantial contribution in moving South Africa towards an energy base free of fossil fuels.
William is a young man of clear purpose, intense energy and deep humanity. Our school communities warmly congratulate him on being elected as the Rhodes Scholar-elect.