First Years

Lili Orchard
Lili Orchard

Campus: Duke Hometown: London, United Kingdom Pronouns: she/her/hers What are you curious about and what do you hope to explore during your time as a Scholar?  I am deeply curious about the universe…

Elizabeth Glazer
Lizzy Glazer

Campus: Duke Hometown: Chestnut Hill, MA Pronouns: she/her/hers What are you curious about and what do you hope to explore as a Scholar?  I am fascinated by the underwater world and the creatures…

Maria Hromcenco
Maria Hromcenco

Campus: UNC Hometown: West Chester, PA Pronouns: she/her/hers What are you curious about and what do you hope to explore during your time as a Scholar?  I am curious about the impact that…

Matthew Xu
Matthew Xu

Campus: Duke Hometown: West Windsor, NJ Pronouns: he/him/his What are you curious about and what do you hope to explore during your time as a Scholar?  I want to explore the intersection between…

Maxwell Simbuwa
Maxi Simbuwa

Campus: UNC Hometown: Lusaka, Zambia Pronouns: he/him/his What drew you to the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program?  I’m all about community, especially coming from a school like the African Leadership Academy where I became…

Mercy Jones
Mercy Jones

Campus: Duke Hometown: New Plymouth, New Zealand Pronouns: she/her/hers What drew you to the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program? I am drawn to the tight community of scholars who are full of hope for…

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Nancy García Villa

Campus: UNC Hometown: Dobson, NC Pronouns: she/her/hers What are you curious about and what do you hope to explore as a Scholar? I’m eager to meet people that come from different walks…

Palak Jolly
Palak Jolly

Campus: Duke Hometown: Gurugram, Haryana, India Pronouns: she/her/hers What are you curious about and what do you hope to explore as a Scholar?  How is it that we have managed to modify what…

Reagan Ballard
Reagan Ballard

Campus: UNC Hometown: Tulsa, OK Pronouns: she/her/hers What are you curious about and what do you hope to explore as a Scholar?  I’ll be absorbing everything I can during my…

Riya Sharma
Riya Sharma

Campus: UNC Hometown: Seattle, WA Pronouns: she/her/hers What are you curious about and what do you hope to explore during your time as a Scholar?  During my time in the program, I hope…

Sophomores

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Skylar Hughes

Campus: Duke Pronouns: she/her/hers Hometown: Loganville, GA How do you believe you’ll create transformational change in your community? I believe that leadership should be measured in the form of impact,…

Davina Boison
Davina Boison

Campus: UNC Pronouns: she/her/hers Hometown: Glen Allen, VA What drew you to the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program?  Not many are able to fully explore the breadth of their leadership capabilities…

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Andrew Sun

Campus: Duke Pronouns: he/him/his Hometown: San Jose, CA What are you curious about and what do you hope to explore during your time in the program? I’m really curious about the…

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Avery Smedley

Campus: Duke Pronouns: she/her/hers Hometown: Silver Spring, MD What value of the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program resonates with you the most and why?  The tenets of purposeful leadership and collaborative…

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Katie Chai

Campus: UNC Pronouns: she/her/hers Hometown: Charlotte, NC What drew you the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program? Throughout my first semester of college, I was able to rediscover passions that spanned further than UNC…

Jillian Vordick
Jillian Vordick

Campus: UNC Pronouns: she/her/hers Hometown: Bethesda, Maryland What are you curious about and what do you hope to explore during your time in the program? I’ve always been fascinated by how…

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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…

Robertson Scholars, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, at Duke UniversityÕs Smith Warehouse in Durham, N.C.  

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Durga Sreenivasan

Campus: Duke Hometown: New York, New York What drew you to the Robertson Scholars?  After engaging in advocacy throughout high school around inclusion and representation, the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program…

Robertson Scholars, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, at Duke UniversityÕs Smith Warehouse in Durham, N.C.  

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Patrick Li

Campus: UNC Hometown: Hudson, Ohio How you think you’ll create transformational change in your communities? As Ben Franklin said, “an investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” I look forward…

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Vishal Jammulapati

Campus: Duke Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah What drew you to the Robertson Scholars?  I was drawn to the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program by its incredible dedication to fully supporting…

Juniors

Robertson Scholars, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, at Duke UniversityÕs Smith Warehouse in Durham, N.C.  

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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…

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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…

Tarun Amasa
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…

Andrew Qin
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…

Robertson Scholars, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, at Duke UniversityÕs Smith Warehouse in Durham, N.C.  

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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…

Mackenzie Warren
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…

Robertson Scholars, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, at Duke University’s Smith Warehouse in Durham, N.C.  

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Lydia Rowen

Campus: UNC Hometown: Fort Collins, Colorado Pronouns: She/Her How has the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program impacted your personal, professional, or leadership growth? In my short time with the program, I have already…

Robertson Scholars, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021, at Duke UniversityÕs Smith Warehouse in Durham, N.C.  

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Johnathan Brown

Campus: UNC Hometown: Columbia, South Carolina Pronouns: He/Him How do you believe you’ll create transformational change? Too often, voices go unheard as livelihoods suffer. In arenas such as housing and food insecurity,…

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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…

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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…

Seniors

Robertson Scholars, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021, at Duke UniversityÕs Smith Warehouse in Durham, N.C.  

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Marcus Deans

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

Robertson Scholars, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021, at Duke UniversityÕs Smith Warehouse in Durham, N.C.  

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Amelia Paulsen

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

Sanjana Jha

Robertson Scholars, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021, at Duke UniversityÕs Smith Warehouse in Durham, N.C.  

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Sanjana Jha

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

Robertson Scholars, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, at Duke University’s Smith Warehouse in Durham, N.C.  

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Simone Nabors

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

Robertson Scholars, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, at Duke UniversityÕs Smith Warehouse in Durham, N.C.  

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Nicolas Pardo

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

Robertson Scholars, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021, at Duke UniversityÕs Smith Warehouse in Durham, N.C.  

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Max Golovsky

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

Robertson Scholars, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, at Duke University’s Smith Warehouse in Durham, N.C.  

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Garrett Geidel

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

Robertson Scholars, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, at Duke UniversityÕs Smith Warehouse in Durham, N.C.  

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Adejuwon Ojebuoboh

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

Robertson Scholars, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, at Duke UniversityÕs Smith Warehouse in Durham, N.C.  

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Mikhal Ben-Joseph

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

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Sarah Zimmerman

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