First Years

Nalley, Jax
Jax Nalley

Campus: Duke Hometown: Springdale, Arkansas How do you think you’ll create transformational change in your community? I see myself creating transformational change by increasing political involvement and representation in the regions of Northwest Arkansas as well as the South and Midwest. In my activities to date, I’ve seen that policy only works when it incorporates…

Smith, Jenna
Jenna Smith

Campus: Duke Hometown: Scotch Plains, New Jersey  Which value of the program resonates the most with you, and why?  As a person who hopes to pursue a career in public service, Purposeful Leadership is deeply important to me. Every program from NOLS to the Launch Summer is designed to allow Robertson Scholars to become impactful…

Rockley, JOrdana
Jordana Rockley

Campus: UNC Hometown: Weston, Florida How do you think you’ll create transformational change in your community? As a native South Floridian I have experienced the direct impact of global warming intensifying hurricanes. Increased global temperature causes sea levels to rise and will consequently displace millions of people from their coastal homes. I plan to empower…

Kourelakos, Julia
Julia Kourelakos

Campus: Duke Hometown: Sarasota, Florida What drew you to the Robertson Scholars?  The ability to utilize the resources of two world-class universities. The opportunity to engage in unique summer programs tailored to my interests, both domestically and abroad. Above all, the chance to join and learn from a diverse yet passionate community of scholars and…

Oglesby, Kolby
Kolby Oglesby

Campus: UNC Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina Which value of the program resonates most with you and why?  While each value is obviously important, I feel that intellectual curiosity is the most relevant to how we can grow as individuals and as a community. To be curious is to question our systems, our motivations, and the…

Metz, Madeline
Madeline Metz

Campus: UNC Hometown: Tuckasegee, North Carolina What strengths and passions are you bringing to our Robertson community and our campuses? I bring a unique perspective and understanding of rural communities and the disparities they face. As a leader, I have worked to create collaborative teams and bring people together for a shared purpose. I also…

Khumalo, Malaika
Malaika Khumalo

Campus: UNC Hometown: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa Which value of the program resonates the most with you and why?  I most resonate with the value of collaborative spirit. Growing up I always heard “if you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together” or “Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu (A person…

Tweden Matthew
Matthew Tweden

Campus: UNC Hometown: Round Rock, Texas Which value of the program resonates the most with you and why?  Purposeful Leadership – The cornerstone of leadership is fixity of purpose, shaped by the values which define our character. While all leaders have different skills and traits and abilities, it is their dedication to a vision and…

Woldetensae, Melat
Melat Woldetensae

Campus: Duke Hometown: Seattle, Washington How do you think you’ll create transformational change in your community?  My focus is on global health. Of course many societal factors affect health outcomes, and there’s lot of nuance that goes into researching what are the unique needs of a community to figure out ways to improve health outcomes.…

Cronin, Michael
Michael Cronin

Campus: Duke Hometown: Hershey, Pennsylvania  What drew you to the Robertson Scholars?  The scholars’ unique ambitions inspired me. When talking with alumni and current scholars, the goal after graduation never seemed to be getting the highest paying job or being accepted into the most prestigious grad program. Everyone was excited to follow their passions and…


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Karen Gonzalez-Palomo

Campus: UNC Hometown: Durham, NC What drew you to the Robertson Program?  As a first-generation student, I was drawn to the Robertson program because I wanted to make the most out of my time in college. The program would not only allow me to take advantage of resources at two universities, it would also guide me through…

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Mark Kabai

Campus: Duke Hometown: Brooklyn, New York What drew you to the Robertson Program?  What really drew me to the Robertson was the community. I’ve always been a big believer in working on things in teams, and having the opportunity where I could engage with some of the world’s most pertinent issues with peers was the biggest draw…

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Tarun Amasa

Campus: Duke Hometown: Boulder, Colorado What drew you to the Robertson Program?  I was inspired by the diverse and passionate backgrounds of all the scholars in the Robertson Community. It was evident that they all had a clear vision to leave a lasting impact in the world, and I was enamored with the possibility of collaborating and…

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Andrew Qin

Campus: Duke Hometown: Houston, Texas What drew you to the Robertson Program?  I was drawn by the unparalleled academic and leadership opportunities provided by the program. Rather than imposing a particular series of interests onto its scholars, the Robertson program gives scholars the flexibility to explore and act on their interests through its summer programs and…

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Campbell Lindquist

Campus: UNC Hometown: Morganton, North Carolina What drew you to the Robertson Program?  Growing up in a house divided—especially during March Madness—I learned to be very diplomatic about which shade of blue I favored. Having the opportunity to attend both Duke and UNC as an undergraduate is something that I never dreamed possible; Robertson made it…

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Mackenzie Warren

Campus: Duke Hometown: Houston, Texas What drew you to the Robertson Program? The reason I was drawn to the Robertson Scholars Program was because I wanted the opportunity to enhance my leadership skills by way of interacting and collaborating with other young leaders who are channeling their passions to make a meaningful difference in the world. I…

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Lydia Rowen

Campus: UNC Hometown: Fort Collins, Colorado What drew you to the Robertson Program?  The Robertson Program radiates intellectual, creative, and compassionate energy and I so wanted to be a part of that environment. To be surrounded by peers and mentors who inspire me in a supportive environment is just dreamy.

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Johnathan Brown

Campus: UNC Hometown: Columbia, South Carolina What drew you to the Robertson Program?  From the moment I found out about the Robertson, I knew that it was a program I had to experience. With the sheer scope of the resources and opportunities available to scholars, our potentials are limitless. The Robertson is truly committed to both individual…

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Julia Davis

Campus: Duke Hometown: Newton, Massachusetts What drew you to the Robertson Program? I am drawn to the Robertson Scholars Program because I am excited about collaborating with other scholars who value innovation and leadership. My goal is not only to be challenged to lead and think in distinctive ways, but also to meaningfully contribute to my peers’…

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Ayush Garg

Campus: Duke Hometown: Denver, Colorado How will you use your Robertson experience to create transformational change?  I resonate most with the Robertson value of Strength of Character… I want to help contribute to and navigate the complex landscape of the future in which technologies like artificial intelligence will fundamentally change how we live. By developing groundbreaking tech…


Deans Marcus
Marcus Deans

Campus: Duke
Hometown: Windsor, Canada
High School: Académie Sainte Cécile International School

Paulsen Amelia
Amelia Paulsen

Campus: UNC
Hometown: McLean, VA
High School: Sidwell Friends School

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Sanjana Jha

Campus: UNC
Hometown: Frederick, MD
High School: Governor Thomas Johnson High School

Nabors Simone
Simone Nabors

Campus: Duke
Hometown: Wake Forest, NC
High School: Wake Forest High School

Pardo Nicolas
Nicolas Pardo

Campus: Duke
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
High School: Hawthorne Academy of Health Sciences

Golovsky Max
Max Golovsky

Campus: Duke
Hometown: Norfolk, VA
High School: Norfolk Collegiate School

20190909 Geidel Garrett
Garrett Geidel

Campus: UNC
Hometown: Camden, DE
High School: Caesar Rodney High School

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Adejuwon Ojebuoboh

Campus: UNC
Hometown: Jacksonville, NC
High School: Jacksonville High School

Ben Joseph Mikhal
Mikhal Ben-Joseph

Campus: UNC
Hometown: Cooper City, FL
High School: American Heritage School

Zimmerman Sarah
Sarah Zimmerman

Campus: Duke
Hometown: St. Charles, MO
High School: Francis Howell North High School


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Weston Lindner

Campus: Duke
Hometown: Liberty Township, OH
High School: Lakota East High School

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Ben Rees

Campus: Duke
Hometown: Liberty Township, OH
High School: Lakota East High School

20190909 Olsher Olivia
Olivia Olsher

Campus: Duke
Hometown: London, England
High School: St Paul’s Girls’ School

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Sam Zahn

Campus: UNC
Hometown: Allentown, PA
High School: Parkland High School

Lee Montana
Montana Lee

Campus: Duke
Hometown: Washington, DC
High School: School Without Walls

20190909 Kim Joel
Joel Kim

Campus: Duke
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
High School: North Hollywood High School

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Jemma Frost

Campus: UNC
Hometown: Sydney, Australia
High School: Ravenswood School for Girls

20190909 Mohan Anshu
Anshu Mohan

Campus: UNC
Hometown: Aurora, CO
High School: Smoky Hill High School

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Brady Hanshaw

Campus: UNC
Hometown: Charleston, WV
High School: Sissonville High School

20190909 Clark Lilly
Lilly Clark

Campus: Duke
Hometown: Tucson, AZ
High School: University High School