Benjamin N. Duke Scholars Program
When I arrived at Duke, I was welcomed into the B.N. Duke family. We challenge each other and we support each other. This group of brilliant, enthusiastic people believes in me, in my abilities, and in my worth as a person.

- Erin Phillips Chesterfield, SC

Who we are: B.N. Duke scholars are students who excel academically, engage their communities, and aspire to become leaders at Duke and beyond.

What we do: The Benjamin N. Duke program brings outstanding students from the Carolinas to Duke University in order to foster appreciation, mutual respect, and connection between the scholars and the people of North and South Carolina.


We believe that a community is built on the engagement of ALL its participants; that all voices are needed to make us – individually and together – all that we might become. Thus, we expect active and engaged participation from our B.N. Duke scholars. Being a scholar is both a privilege and a responsibility and we seek students who desire to be a part of such a community.

We believe that all voices are needed in a diverse community to make us all that we might become.


Benjamin N. Duke scholars, funded by The Duke Endowment, receive full support for four years at Duke University (full tuition, room, board, and mandatory fees for a total of eight semesters) and two summers of community engagement—one in the Carolinas and one abroad. In addition to monetary support, dedicated faculty and staff help the scholars reach new academic heights and tackle real world problems with innovative, interdisciplinary, compassionate, and sustainable approaches. B.N. Duke scholars emerge from their experience at Duke as leaders, problem solvers, and members of an extensive community that spreads across the Carolinas and beyond.

Through the summer programs and other community engagement projects they complete over the course of their academic careers, BN Duke Scholars develop an understanding of what it means to partner with people rather than work for people; they learn to listen first and then speak; they ground themselves locally in the Carolinas even as they engage communities in the broader world.


Choosing to come to Duke and be a B.N. Duke Scholar had everything to do with choosing the corner where the people would support us the most zealously, where we could explode in pursuit of our passions, and where opportunities were not scarce. Stesha Doku Charlotte, NC

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B. N. Duke Scholars collaborate with community groups. Find out more about our community partners and how your group can partner with us.

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