First Years

Baiocchi, Aisha
Aisha Baiocchi

Campus: UNC Hometown: New York, New York How do you think you’ll bring transformational change to your communities?  I hope to bring as much empathy and patience to my communities as possible. I think change is only possible, and long term, if we take the time to listen and learn about the problems we face…

Seaman, Anna
Anna Seaman

Campus: UNC Hometown: Littleton, Colorado What drew you to the Robertson Scholars?  I was drawn to the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program because it offers both the opportunity to improve my leadership skills and the freedom to explore my varied interests. The unique servant leadership ethos of the program pushes scholars to use their passions to…

Vispute, Atharva
Atharva Vispute

Campus: UNC Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colorado What drew you to the Robertson Scholars?  The first aspect of the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program that really caught my eye was that the program has a unique focus on reflection about the world around us, the actions we take, our leadership styles, and especially our own behaviors and…

Jones, Bryce
Bryce Jones

Campus: UNC Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania What drew you to the Robertson Scholars?  I was drawn to the Robertson Scholarship because of the opportunity to be a part of select group of scholars committed to making a positive impact on our world. The Robertson fundamental program values stood out to me as an accurate representation of…

Bajaj, Danica
Danica Bajaj

Campus: Duke Hometown: Princeton, New Jersey What strengths and passions are you bringing to our Robertson community and our campuses? In my religion, Sikhism, one of the foundational values is “seva”–or service—and I’ve been passionate about it from a young age. I’m looking forward to engaging with the greater Chapel Hill and Durham communities as…

Ho, Dorian
Dorian Ho

Campus: UNC Hometown: New Providence, New  Jersey What drew you to the Robertson Scholars?  Throughout my college search process, I aspired to find an education that was challenging yet encouraging; individualized; community-focused; and affordable. The Robertson satisfied all of those qualities and more, but accepting the scholarship meant more to me than a box-checking exercise.…

Sreenivasan, Durga
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 looked like the perfect opportunity to tangibly make things better in any community I’m in. Through every summer opportunity and leadership grant, this community is…

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Emilio Abelmann

Campus: Duke Hometown: Washington, District of Columbia What drew you to the Robertson Scholars?  After spending hours reading through the website’s Scholar Profiles, it was clear to me that the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program offered exactly what I was looking for: a community of equally curious individuals that fostered passionate, empathetic collaboration. Every alumnus I…

Mercer, Frank
Frank Mercer

Campus: Duke Hometown: Virginia Beach, Virginia What drew you to the Robertson Scholars?  I was drawn to the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program because of the summer opportunities, cross-campus engagement, and sense of community. I believe that Summer is an important time for intellectual development. The Robertson Scholars Leadership Program with its community, exploration, and launch…

Morgenstein, Jack
Jack Morgenstein

Campus: Duke Hometown: Cary, North Carolina What strengths and passions are you bringing to our Robertson community and our campuses? My all encompassing love of learning drives me to constantly seek new knowledge and be flexible in my mindset. I’m excited to become a part of the Robertson, Duke, and UNC communities to be able…

Sophomores

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Akiya Dillon

Campus: Duke Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada What drew you to the Robertson Program?  I was drawn to the Robertson Scholars Program due to it’s culture of community, leadership, and contribution. In high school, when I was first introduced to the program, I knew these would prove essential to my college experience. Additionally, the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program…

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Will Monahan

Campus: Duke Hometown: Washington D.C. What drew you to the Robertson Program? I was drawn to the program’s emphasis on service, learning, and leadership development. The Robertson Scholars program provides an opportunity for great personal growth while giving back to the community, as well as a cohort of likeminded scholars who share my passions for…

Rappaport, Samson
Sam Rappaport

Campus: UNC Hometown: Raleigh, North Carolina What do you hope to gain from your Robertson experience? I hope to use my experiences through the Robertson to create a more diverse, inclusive community. With so many opportunities for cultural learning and growth, I feel these lessons can be applied to transform not only myself, but my community…

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Haley Cush

Campus: Duke Hometown: Naperville, Illinois What drew you to the Robertson Program?  I was drawn to the Robertson Scholars Program because of the commitments to creating an environment in which holistically diverse students can learn from each other. I love how this is done in a variety of different ways, such as speakers and retreats,…

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Simone McFarlane

Campus: UNC Hometown: Concord, North Carolina What drew you to the Robertson Program?  The emphasis on community, collaboration, and introspection drew me to this program. I knew that by joining the Robertson’s expansive network, I would be surrounded by a diverse group of people who would challenge and motivate me to be a better citizen.

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Felipe Yanaga

Campus: UNC Hometown: Maringá, Paraná, Brazil What drew you to the Robertson Program?  The ability to design your own experience is definitely something that drew me to the Robertson. The program gives me the opportunity to work on the things I am deeply passionate about and that’s invaluable to me. In addition to that, the…

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Jacob Gerardi

Campus: UNC Hometown: Fayetteville, New York What do you hope to accomplish in your time with the Program?  I hope to use my time in the Robertson’s to take advantage of both UNC and Duke’s anthropology and cultural anthropology departments, expanding my knowledge of the world and specifically the history of Indigenous people in our struggle…

Adamson Thompson, Van
Van Adamson-Thompson

Campus: UNC Hometown: Lyman, South Carolina What drew you to the Robertson Program? I have always had a passion for service-oriented leadership and impacting the lives of others. The Robertson Program’s ability to provide a diverse group of students with the resources and network needed to expand leadership skills and values make this an opportunity like none…

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Ashanti Greene

Campus: UNC Hometown: Philadelphia, PA What drew you to the Robertson Program? One of the greatest motivations for people is affiliation. A common reason for students’ interest in RSLP and Scholars’ continued commitment to the program post-matriculation is the community built within the program. Having the opportunity to affiliate myself with equally-driven individuals and to be…

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David Weaver

Campus: UNC Hometown: Hickory, North Carolina What drew you to the Robertson Program?  The biggest draw to the Robertson Scholar Leadership Program were the summer opportunities, specifically the Exploration Summer that will allow me to travel to a unique, unfamiliar place and make an impact through conservation and the Launch Summer that offers an opportunity…

Juniors

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

20190909 Jha Sanjana
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

20190909 Ojebuoboh Adejuwon
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

Seniors

20190909 Lindner Weston
Weston Lindner

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

20190909 Rees Ben
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

20190909 Zahn Sam
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

Frost Jemma 2022
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

Hanshaw Brady 2022
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