Eleven incoming first-year students from North and South Carolina have been awarded the prestigious Benjamin N. Duke Memorial Scholarship at Duke University. The award covers full tuition, room, board and mandatory fees for eight semesters at Duke.
The award is given to students from the two states who have demonstrated high academic achievement, a commitment to community service, and potential for leadership. The full value of each scholarship is estimated to be more than $240,000 over four years.
The scholarship also includes service and leadership development activities and two summer programs, one in the Carolinas and one abroad, during the recipients' undergraduate careers at Duke.
The scholarships were established by The Duke Endowment to honor Benjamin Newton Duke, one of the university's founders.
The Class of 2018 recipients are:
-- Pujith Adusumilli of Cary, N.C., a graduate of Cary Academy, and son of Bhavani Lagadapati and Sankar Adusumilli;
-- Barak Biblin of Cary, N.C., a graduate of Enloe High School in Raleigh, N.C., and son of Yana and Evgeny Biblin;
-- Jack Alexander Bradford of Huntersville, N.C., a graduate of North Mecklenburg High School in Huntersville, and son of Kim and Scott Bradford;
-- Elizabeth Ann Brown of Raleigh, N.C., a graduate of Needham B. Broughton High School in Raleigh, and daughter of Lisa Burpee Brown and Elbert Gordon Brown, Jr.;
-- Helen Anne Lo of Chapel Hill, N.C., a graduate of East Chapel Hill High School in Chapel Hill, and daughter of Martha Schutz and Donald Lo;
-- Taylor Jacqueline Panzer of Hickory, N.C., a graduate of Hickory High School, and daughter of Pam Panzer and Dr. David Panzer;
-- Shubham R. Patel of Mount Pleasant, N.C., a graduate of Mount Pleasant High School, and son of Rita and Rohit Patel;
-- Gabrielle Christina Stewart of Charleston, S.C., a graduate of West Ashley High School in Charleston, and daughter of Kim Studebaker and Don Stewart;
-- Catherine Anne Ward of Trent Woods, N.C., a graduate of Salem Academy in Winston-Salem, N.C., and daughter of Sharon and Richard Ward;
-- Amon Khalid Williams of Carrboro, N.C., a graduate of Carrboro High School, and son of Kathryn H. Williams;
-- Alexandra Lee Wisner of Wilmington, N.C., a graduate of John T. Hoggard High School in Wilmington, and daughter of Helyn Ann Symons Wisner and Edward James Wisner.
For more information about the incoming class of B.N. Duke Scholars, visit the scholarship's website at www.bnduke.duke.edu