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Rasheca Logendran

Rasheca Logendran (Duke ’20) Named to Inaugural Class of Samvid Scholars

The Robertson Scholars Leadership Program is proud to congratulate Rasheca Logendran (Duke ’20) on being selected to join the inaugural class of Samvid Scholars. The scholarship provides up to $100,000 for students to pursue their graduate studies, and provides additional leadership development through an annual retreat in which scholars will receive advanced leadership training, professional…

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Jenna Smith (Duke ’25) on Fighting the Stigma surrounding TS

Jenna Smith (Duke ’25) was recently featured in an article by the Essex News Daily regarding her role as a youth advocate for the NJ Center for Tourette Syndrome. In the article she shares, “One of the hardest things about having TS is feeling or being misunderstood… If we can take the time to educate…

Caroline Whistler

Transforming Public Systems for Public Good

“No one’s path is linear, unless you design it that way. The field I work in now did not exist when I was in college.” So, Caroline Whistler (Duke ’08) created a career for herself and a company that aims to enhance the lives of millions of people. She’s the CEO and co-founder of Third…

Robertson Express

Robertson Express Fall 2021 Update

The Robertson Express Bus will begin operations the day before Fall 2021 classes begin at both Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, for riders affiliated with the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program. This decision was made in partnership with both host institutions and with the health and safety of the Duke…

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From Art School to the Art of Negotiation: Brooke Davies Reflects on Leadership

If you had asked Brooke Davies (UNC ‘17) when she was applying for art school as a senior in high school, if she ever thought the United Nations would one day be using her research to broker peace in conflict torn regions, her answer would have been a resounding no. But now, 8 years later…

Price Palooza

Meet Apollo J

For Apollo J, music wasn’t always in the plan.   “I never in a million years thought that I would be doing music.”  “Going into Duke I was like, ‘okay I’m going to go into Duke, do my four years, I’ll be a political science major, go to law school and be a lawyer.’ So that…

Blanche Robertson Bacon

A Note on the Passing of Blanche Robertson Bacon

The Robertson Scholars Leadership Program is saddened to share with the community the passing of Blanche Robertson Bacon, sister of Julian Robertson. Blanche was born in Salisbury, NC on October 2, 1935 and attended St. Mary’s School in Raleigh, graduating from the high school in 1953 and the junior college in 1955. After graduation, Blanche…

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Building A Stronger, Connected Rural America

For Brent Comstock (UNC ‘17) rural America is home. It’s also the headquarters of his company BCom Solutions – an organization with a dual focus on providing digital marketing/advertising resources for rural community and economic development, as well as digital consulting for political candidates hoping to connect with voters in the Midwest and rural parts…

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Sarah Rutherford (UNC ’15) to Introduce Sen. Warren at Harvard Law Commencement

The Robertson Scholars Leadership Program would like to congratulate Sarah Rutherford (UNC ’15) on being selected to introduce Senator Elizabeth Warren during this year’s commencement ceremonies for Harvard Law School. Nine Class Marshals, of which Sarah is one, collected recommendations from Harvard Law’s Class of 2021 to select a Class Day Speaker. This year Class…