The program is named in honor of Benjamin N. Duke, a respected leader, businessman, and philanthropist, who wanted to ensure Duke University retained its Carolina heritage, by supporting students from the Carolinas. As he built his fortune through various business ventures, he also became one of the biggest benefactors to Trinity College, which later became Duke University. For several years, beginning in 1892, Benjamin N. Duke provided scholarships to Trinity College for students from North Carolina in hopes that the education would help students “think for themselves and become leaders in the highest and best things in life.”
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