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Duke University Announces Reginaldo Howard Memorial Scholarship Awards

Four incoming freshmen will receive a "Reggie" award.

Duke University has awarded four incoming freshmen with the prestigious Reginaldo Howard Memorial Scholarship, which covers full tuition, room, board and mandatory fees for eight semesters.The full value of each scholarship is more than $220,000 over four years. Duke University provides this award annually to first year students of African heritage who have a demonstrated a serious commitment to academic achievement, leadership, community involvement and social justice. The Reginaldo Howard Memorial undergraduate scholarship is named for the first black student body president at Duke, who died in a car accident in 1976. For more information about the incoming class of "Reggie" Scholars, visit the scholarship's new website at This year's recipients are: -- Matthew Carter Alston of Clarkston, Ga., a graduate of Academe of the Oaks in Decatur, Ga., and son of Stacey and Ronald Alston. -- Justin Olivier Bryant of Johns Creek, Ga., a graduate of Northview High School in Duluth, Ga., and son of Jacqueline Royal-Bryant and Colin Bryant. -- Chidinma Hannah Nnoromele of Richmond, Ky., a graduate of Model Laboratory School in Richmond Ky., and daughter of Salome and Patrick Nnoromele. -- Azeb Yirga of Glen Allen, Va., a graduate of Henrico High School in Henrico, Va., and daughter of Mariam Alemayehu and Solomon Yirga.