First Years

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

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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…

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

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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…

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

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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…

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

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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…

Danica Bajaj
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…

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

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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.…

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 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…

Emilio Abelmann

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

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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…

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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…

Jack Morgenstein
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

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 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…

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 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…

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 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…

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 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…

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 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…

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 felt the sincere environment of support and encouragement transform the most important parts of my life. Not many scholarship programs allow and actively encourage scholars…

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, socioeconomic mobility, and health care, transformational change is desperately needed. By harnessing the power of narrative storytelling, using my entrepreneurial drive, and empowering my community,…

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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…

Juniors

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

Seniors

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

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Elise van den Hoek

Campus: Duke
Hometown: Sevenoaks, Kent, United Kingdom
High School: Sevenoaks School

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

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Tamira Daniely

Campus: UNC
Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona
High School: Desert Vista High School

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

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Fridah Mbwaya

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

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

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Ruth Fetaw

Campus: UNC
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
High School: Rufus King International High School

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Aaron Williams

Campus: UNC Hometown: Raleigh, NC High School: Franklin County Early College Steve Jobs, one of the most influential people in the technological world, speaks about the importance of standing at the intersection of humanities and science in Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. That is where I want to be, and that is where I find…

Anjali Gupta
Anjali Gupta

Campus: Duke
Hometown: Edison, NJ
High School: Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technologies

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

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Naira Ikram

Campus: Duke
Hometown: Austin, TX
High School: Westlake High School

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Rachel Maunus

Campus: UNC
Hometown: Palm City, FL
High School: Martin County High School

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Bennett David

Campus: Duke
Hometown: Asheville, NC
High School: Christ School

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Niharika Vattikonda

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