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…


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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

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Simone Nabors

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

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Nicolas Pardo

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

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Max Golovsky

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

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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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Weston Lindner

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

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Ben Rees

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

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Olivia Olsher

Campus: Duke
Hometown: London, England
High School: St Paul’s Girls’ School

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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

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Joel Kim

Campus: Duke
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
High School: North Hollywood High School

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Jemma Frost

Campus: UNC
Hometown: Sydney, Australia
High School: Ravenswood School for Girls

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Anshu Mohan

Campus: UNC
Hometown: Aurora, CO
High School: Smoky Hill High School

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Brady Hanshaw

Campus: UNC
Hometown: Charleston, WV
High School: Sissonville High School

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Lilly Clark

Campus: Duke
Hometown: Tucson, AZ
High School: University High School


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Adam Ushpol

Campus: UNC
Hometown: Durham, NC
High School: Durham Academy

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Ben Keegan

Campus: Duke
Hometown: Liverpool, England
High School: The Blue Coat School

Jake Sheridan

Campus: Duke
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
High School: Charlotte Catholic High School

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Leland Ben

Campus: Duke
Hometown: Loudonville, NY
High School: Choate Rosemary Hall

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Clare Bradshaw

Campus: UNC
Hometown: Tulsa, OK
High School: Booker T. Washington High School

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Sierra Winters

Campus: Duke
Hometown: Yadkinville, NC
High School: Forbush High School

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Nate Miller

Campus: UNC
Hometown: Centennial, CO
High School: Cherry Creek High School

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Serena Lim-Strutt

Campus: Duke
Hometown: Hamilton, New Zealand
High School: St. Paul’s Collegiate

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Matthew Smith

Campus: UNC
Hometown: Tulsa, OK
High School: Bishop Kelley Catholic High School

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Annie Evans

Campus: UNC
Hometown: Zionsville, IN
High School: Culver Academies