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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…

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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…

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Embracing the Twists & Turns: Insights from Phoebe Boyer on the Path to Leadership

Phoebe Boyer is committed to ending childhood poverty. As the first woman CEO and President of Children’s Aid she’s using her expertise from the public, private, and non-profit worlds to guide the 167-year-old organization. “If you had said to me 10 years ago that I would be running Children’s Aid I would not have believed…

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Katherine Gan (Duke ’22) named Faculty Scholar, wins 2021 Benenson Award

The Robertson Scholars Leadership Program is thrilled to congratulate Katherine Gan, Duke ’22 on being named a Duke University Faculty Scholar and being selected for a 2021 Benenson Award. The Benenson Awards in the Arts provides funding for arts-centered projects proposed by undergraduates, including graduating seniors. This year, fourteen students were selected by the awards…

Patrick Clinch Exploration Summer

Senior Patrick Clinch Reflects on the Robertson, the Marshall and the Importance of Satire

Senior Robertson Scholar Patrick Clinch (UNC ’21) loves making people laugh. In this report by Sophia Ramirez (UNC ’22) Patrick shares his thoughts on the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program and how the experience shaped him as a scholar and satirist. Watch his interview below to learn what comes next for Patrick as he heads to…

Meghana Sai Iragavarapu delivers the student address during Duke University's Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 2, 2021. John Legend, multiplatinum-selling singer-songwriter, actor, producer and philanthropist, delivered the keynote address.

Meghana Sai Iragavarapu named Student Commencement Speaker for Duke

The Robertson Scholars Leadership Program would like to congratulate Meghana Sai Iragavarapu (Duke ’21) on being named the Student Commencement Speaker for Duke’s graduation ceremony which was held on May 2, 2021. Meghana, was selected after a competitive application process and will deliver her thoughts on the spaces that shrank during the pandemic. Quoted in…

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Celebrating the Life of Dr. Aaron Stern

The Robertson Scholars Leadership Program would like to celebrate the life of Dr. Aaron Stern, who passed away on April 13, 2021, and his unique contributions to our Program.  Dr. Stern, a champion of the Program, served as a Trustee of the Robertson Foundation as well as a member of the Board of Directors for…