Current first-year students at Duke University or UNC-Chapel Hill may apply to join the Robertson Scholars Program Class of 2016 through the First-Year Selection Program. The application for current first-year students is now available on our admissions website. The application and letters of recommendation are due January 25th, 2013 at 11:55PM EST.
(For current freshmen at Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill)
December 5, 2012: Robertson online application available
January 25, 2012: Robertson online application and letters of recommendation due by 11:55PM EST
March 2013: Semifinalist Interviews conducted
April 6th-9th, 2013: Robertson Finalists' Weekend
Mid-April: Robertson Scholarship recipients notified
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First-Year Scholar FAQ
Launched during the 2009-2010 academic year, the First-Year Selection Program invites current first-year students at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to apply to join the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program. Scholars join the program at the end of their first year and receive full program benefits in subsequent years.
Scholars selected through the First-Year Selection Program are expected to participate in the various elements of the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program, including the Community, Exploration, and Synthesis Summers, the Campus Switch, and the Senior Capstone Experience.
The Robertson Scholarship expects all scholars to uphold the academic standards for which they were awarded the scholarship. Continuation in the program depends on the maintenance of good academic performance, which is defined as a 3.0 grade point average at the end of the first year and a 3.3 average each succeeding year.
All scholars are required to enroll in a full-time course load each semester, equal to at least four semester courses or their equivalent at Duke, and a minimum of 12 (and normally 15) credit hours at UNC-Chapel Hill. In addition, scholars are expected to complete all graduation requirements of their home institution.
Scholars will be expected to conduct themselves in such a way that they will bring credit to themselves, the Robertson Program, and Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill.
Any first-year student at Duke or UNC-Chapel Hill who meets the following guidelines is eligible to apply as part of the First-Year Selection Program:
Students who participated in an Early College Program are eligible to apply as part of the First-Year Selection Program.
Current merit scholars at Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill are not eligible to apply. (This includes all OUSF scholarships at Duke, as well as the Morehead-Cain Scholars Program, the Innovation Scholars Program, and the Carolina, Pogue, and Colonel Robinson scholarships at UNC-Chapel Hill.) Students receiving partial scholarships are considered on a case-by-case basis.
First-year applicants are not required to have a minimum GPA in order to apply. However, the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program anticipates that applicants will be competitive in the pool with a minimum GPA of approximately 3.2 after their first semester at Duke or UNC-Chapel Hill. Also, applicants must be enrolled as a full-time student both semesters.
Yes; there are no restrictions on citizenship or residency for the Robertson First-Year Selection Program. Robertson Scholars are a highly diverse community, and we welcome students of all backgrounds, nationalities, religions, ethnicities, and orientations.
Any first-year student may apply to the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program, regardless of whether the student had previously applied as a high school senior. Students who were previously selected as semifinalists or finalists will be at neither an advantage nor disadvantage as they will be evaluated solely on their first semester of college.
Information Sessions for the First-Year Selection Program are conducted on both campuses during the fall semester. Currently, no information sessions are scheduled for January 2013.
Attendance at an information session is not required but it is strongly encouraged. During these meetings, we will discuss the benefits and expectations of the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program, as well as provide guidance in completing the application.
Students who could not attend an information session are still welcome to apply. Please email email@example.com with any questions before the January 25th, 2013 deadline.
The application for first-year students to join the Robertson Scholars Class of 2016 will become available December 5, 2012 on our admissions website. Note that the First-Year Selection Program application and timeline are different from the application and timeline for high school seniors.
No. All application reviews will begin at the same time after the application deadline.
No. Students applying through the First-Year Selection Program are evaluated primarily on their first-semester performance at Duke or UNC.
The two recommenders should be individuals who can best speak to the candidate's true nature. At least one recommender should be a faculty or staff member at one of the two universities. There are no restrictions for choosing the second recommender. In choosing recommenders, students should focus less on titles and positions and more on how well the recommender can speak to the candidate's fit for the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program.
No. Only two letters of recommendation per applicant will be reviewed.
We will ask recommenders to address questions specific to our selection criteria:
Scholars selected through the First-Year Selection Program join the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program immediately and begin to work closely with the Assistant Director for Summer Enrichment to prepare for the Community Summer. Students are expected to meet all deadlines concerning their summer planning and attend all remaining Colloquium classes, schedules permitting.
The Community Summer is an integral part of the Robertson experience and is required. While scholars will need to spend a minimum of eight weeks in one of four locations in the Southeast United States, there is some flexibility on when students may begin and end their summer experiences.
Students who have accepted a Duke Engage internship for the summer of 2013 are still eligible to apply for the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program. However, if a student is accepted to both DukeEngage and the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program, he or she must withdraw from the DukeEngage internship. The student would also lose eligibility to apply for any future group-based DukeEngage experiences.