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Jenna Smith

May 27, 2021 Comments Off on 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 service, Purposeful Leadership is deeply important to me. Every program from NOLS to the Launch Summer is designed to allow Robertson Scholars to become impactful…

Durga Sreenivasan

May 25, 2021 Comments Off on 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…

Patrick Li

May 25, 2021 Comments Off on 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 to creating a positive impact by establishing new or improving existing educational programs for students in surrounding underserved communities, particularly in business and financial literacy.

Vishal Jammulapati

May 25, 2021 Comments Off on 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 aspiring leaders and scholars in every way possible. The Robertson Scholars program is the best educational opportunity I could have been offered.  

Emilio Abelmann

May 25, 2021 Comments Off on 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…

Melat Woldetensae

May 24, 2021 Comments Off on Melat Woldetensae

Campus: Duke Hometown: Seattle, Washington How do you think you’ll create transformational change in your community?  My focus is on global health. Of course many societal factors affect health outcomes, and there’s lot of nuance that goes into researching what are the unique needs of a community to figure out ways to improve health outcomes.…

Atharva Vispute

May 24, 2021 Comments Off on 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…

Matthew Tweden

May 24, 2021 Comments Off on Matthew Tweden

Campus: UNC Hometown: Round Rock, Texas Which value of the program resonates the most with you and why?  Purposeful Leadership – The cornerstone of leadership is fixity of purpose, shaped by the values which define our character. While all leaders have different skills and traits and abilities, it is their dedication to a vision and…

Rebecca Stern

May 24, 2021 Comments Off on Rebecca Stern

Campus: UNC Hometown: Malvern, Pennsylvania  Pronouns: She/Her How do you believe you’ll create transformational change? I hope to create transformational change in my communities by leading with listening and empathy. I believe in empowering the communities I am trying to help by amplifying community voices and connecting them to opportunities. I am also a strong…

Shristi Sharma

May 24, 2021 Comments Off on Shristi Sharma

Campus: UNC Hometown: Fairfield, Iowa What strengths and passions are you bringing to our Robertson community and our campuses? As a student who has been fortunate enough to be immersed in a multicultural community since the beginning of my schooling, I look forward to using my empathy and listening skills to expand my world family and…