First Years

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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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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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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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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…

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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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Charles Ma

Campus: UNC Hometown: Belle Mead, New Jersey What drew you to the Robertson Program? The Robertson Scholars program provided a community for me to pursue my intellectual and personal passions while being guided by mentors and peers who held the same core values as I do. I found the countless opportunities and pathways of the Robertson…

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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…

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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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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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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…


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

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Sarah Zimmerman

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


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Theo Holt

Campus: UNC
Hometown: Chapel Hill, NC
High School: Carolina Friends School

20190909 Vattikonda Niharika
Niharika Vattikonda

Campus: UNC
Hometown: Herndon, VA
High School: Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology

20190909 Padden Amanda
Amanda Padden

Campus: Duke
Hometown: Chapel Hill, NC
High School: United World College USA

20190909 Key Jacob
Jacob Key

Campus: Duke
Hometown: West Jefferson, NC
High School: Ashe County High School

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Sophia Ramirez

Campus: UNC
Hometown: Newport News, VA
High School: Menchville High School

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De’Ivyion Drew

Campus: UNC
Hometown: Raleigh, NC
High School: Virginia Episcopal School

20190909 Zong Charlie
Charlie Zong

Campus: Duke
Hometown: Houston, TX
High School: Westchester Academy for International Studies

Huang Kalley 2022
Kalley Huang

Campus: UNC
Hometown: New York, NY
High School: Hunter College High School

20190909 Washington Kamryn
Kamryn Washington

Campus: Duke
Hometown: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
High School: American Heritage School

Stillerman Bennett
Bennett Stillerman

Campus: UNC
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
High School: Providence High School


Becker Liza 2021
Liza Becker

Campus: Duke
Hometown: Elkins Park, PA
High School: Cheltenham High School

King Zoe 2021
Zoe King

Campus: Duke
Hometown: Sydney, Australia
High School: Roseville College

Nandi, Michelle (UNC 2021)
Michelle Nandi

Campus: UNC
Hometown: Nairobi, Kenya
High School: African Leadership Academy

Lamar Warner 2021
Warner Lamar

Campus: UNC
Hometown: Nashville, TN
High School: Montgomery Bell Academy

Muller, Michael (UNC 2021)
Michael Muller

Campus: UNC
Hometown: Portland, OR
High School: Westview High School

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Patrick Clinch

Campus: UNC
Hometown: Dunwoody, GA
High School: Dunwoody High School

Murrah Mary Ashley 2021
Mary Ashley Murrah

Campus: UNC
Hometown: Memphis, TN
High School: St. Mary’s Episcopal School

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Adam Enggasser

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

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Rahi Patel

Campus: UNC
Hometown: Waxhaw, NC
High School: Marvin Ridge High School

Young Antonia 2021
Antonia Young

Campus: Duke
Hometown: Auckland, New Zealand
High School: St. Cuthbert’s College