First Years

Lara K.
Lara Kendall

Home Campus: Duke Hometown: Sanibel, FL Intended Major: Biology and Global Health What are you curious about and hope to explore as a Scholar?  The opportunity offered by the Robertson Scholars…

Lilly S.
Lilly Smith

Home Campus: UNC Hometown: Brevard, NC Intended Major: Undecided What excites you about joining a cohort of committed leaders?  I am excited to meet new people and gain new experiences.

Lucas W.
Lucas Wagner

Home Campus: Duke Hometown: Eden Prairie, MN Intended Major: Economics & Public Policy What are you curious about and hope to explore as a Scholar?  I’m deeply curious about the intersection of computer…

Maggie M
Maggie McGinnis

Home Campus: UNC Hometown: Appleton, WI Intended Major: Public Policy & Psychology What are you curious about and what do you hope to explore as a Scholar?  Across the country, and…

Maggie Yang
Maggie Yang

Home Campus: Duke Hometown: Suzhou, China Intended Major/Minor: Biology & Economics   What does it mean to you to be part of a life-long community of leaders like the Robertson? …

Muwemi
Muwemi Ngulube

Campus: UNC Hometown: Zambia Intended Major: Business Administration What is something you care deeply about and hope to transform?  There is a serious growing mental health crisis in Zambia. With suicide rates going…

Phoenix C.
Phoenix Chapital

Home Campus: UNC Hometown: New Orleans, LA Intended Major: English Literature, Political Science, and Documentary Studies What’s something you care deeply about and hope to transform?  When people grow up without…

Tyra Jean T.
Tyra-Jean Tanansi

Home Campus: Duke Hometown: London, UK Intended Major: Mathematics, Economics, Computer Science What is something you care deeply about and hope to transform?  I care deeply for children and how their experiences and…

Varnica
Varnica Basavaraj

Home Campus: UNC Hometown: Suwanee, GA Intended Major: Business Administration (Consulting and Multinational Finance), Duke Global Health Co-Major What are you curious about and hope to explore as a Scholar? As a…

Sophomores

Lev Cohen
Lev Cohen

Campus: UNC Hometown: Raleigh, NC What drew you to the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program?  The Robertson is a community of change makers, I am honored to be a part of a community…

Aditya Raj Headshot
Aditya Raj

Campus: Duke Hometown: Bangalore, Karnataka, India What drew you to the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program? I firmly believe that building a community around a purpose creates a force that exceeds a…

MatthewX Jby 22 01
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…

JonathanW Jby 22 01
Jonathan Walker

Campus: Duke Hometown: Panama City, FL Pronouns: he/him/his What are you curious about and what do you hope to explore during your time as a Scholar?  I’m super interested in the intersection of…

Jy Shivani Vyas Ousf Headshots 23 122
Shivani Vyas

Campus: Duke Hometown: Atlanta, GA Pronouns: she/her/hers What drew you to the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program?  I was inspired by the four pillars of the program: Purposeful Leadership, Intellectual Curiosity, Strength of Character,…

SierraS Jby 22 01
Sierra Stubbs

Campus: UNC Hometown: Rockville, MD Pronouns: she/her/hers What drew you to the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program?  The Robertson Program was a unique opportunity that I couldn’t find anywhere else. The first thing that…

Maxwells Jby 22 01
Maxwell Simbuwa

Campus: UNC Hometown: Lusaka, Zambia Pronouns: he/him/his What drew you to the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program?  I have a deep yearning and value for community. A Supportive and diverse and beautiful community. I…

RohanS Jby 22 01
Rohan Shreenath

Campus: Duke Hometown: Goldsboro, NC Pronouns: he/him/his What drew you to the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program?  I was inspired by their commitment to the community. Growing up in a small, rural area, I’ve…

RiyaS Jby 22 01
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…

Jordan P Jby 22 01
Jordan Phillips

Campus: Duke Hometown: Aberdeen, SD Pronouns: she/her/hers What are you curious about and what do you hope to explore during your time as a Scholar?  I am fascinated by how the relationships…

Juniors

Skylar Hughes Headshot
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…

Jy Andrew Sun Ousf Headshots 23 176
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…

P1050733
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…

KatieC Jby 22 01
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…

JennaS Jby 22 01
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…

DurgaS Jby 22 01
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.  

© Copyright 2021 Veasey Conway, All Rights Reserved
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…

VishalJammulapati
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…

Seniors

KarenG Jby 22 01
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…

Mark Kabai Robertson Jby 21
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.  

© Copyright 2021 Veasey Conway, All Rights Reserved
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…

LydiaR Jby 22 01
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.  

© Copyright 2021 Veasey Conway, All Rights Reserved
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,…

Jy Julia Davis Ousf Headshots 23 169
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…

Ayush Garg Robertson Jby 21 (2)
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…