Seven Students Named Reginaldo Howard Scholars

Seven incoming freshmen at Duke University have been selected as winners of the prestigious Reginaldo Howard Memorial Scholarship.

The full value of each "Reggie" scholarship, which covers full tuition, room, board and mandatory fees, is more than $240,000 over four years. Duke provides this award annually to first-year students of African heritage who have demonstrated outstanding leadership ability, academic achievement, community involvement and a serious commitment to social justice.

The Reginaldo Howard Memorial Scholarship is named for the first black student body president at Duke, who died in a car accident in 1976.

This year's recipients are:

-- Naa Adorkor Allotey of Macon, Ga., a graduate of Mount de Sales Academy in Macon, and daughter of Felicity Quansah and Peter Allotey;

-- Samantha Lorraine Holmes of Ridgefield, Conn., a graduate of Ridgefield High School, and daughter of Patricia and Keith Holmes;

-- Razan Abdurrahman Idris of Springfield, Va., a graduate of United World College in Montezuma, N.M., and daughter of Noura Harran and Abdurrahman Idris;

-- Michael Jerome Ivory of Miami, Fla., a graduate of North Miami Senior High School, and son of Ursula Neal and Michael Ivory, Sr.;

-- Brennan Allan Steele of Antioch, Tenn., a graduate of Martin Luther King Academic Magnet High School in Nashville, and son of Sandra and Louis Steele;

-- Sinclair James Toffa of Englewood, Colo., a graduate of Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village, Colo., and son of Jill and Antoine Toffa;

-- Shaquille Kareem Tucker of Norcross, Ga., a graduate of Norcross High School, and son of Terry Tucker.

For more information about the incoming class of "Reggie" Scholars, visit the scholarship's website at