Nineteen Selected for A.B. Duke Scholarships

Award covers full cost of tuition, room, board and mandatory fees

Nineteen high school seniors have been awarded the Angier B. Duke Memorial Scholarship to pursue their undergraduate studies at Duke University. 

The Angier B. Duke Memorial Scholarship covers the full cost of tuition, room, board and mandatory fees for four years of undergraduate education. In addition, the scholarship funds six weeks of summer study at the University of Oxford and offers $5,000 to each scholar for independent research and educational enrichment. Based on estimated tuition rates over a four-year period, the scholarship is worth over $260,000. 

The scholarships aim to foster intellectual leadership and are awarded to students who show exceptional promise. The awards stem from the Angier B. Duke Memorial Inc., which Duke University co-founder Benjamin Newton Duke established in 1925 in memory of his son, Angier Buchanan Duke. 

The Angier B. Duke Scholarship’s alumni include 19 Rhodes Scholars and 13 Marshall Scholars. Among them are renowned author and former Duke English professor Reynolds Price; Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Ann Tyler; NASA project scientist Hal Weaver; and Dr. Lynt Johnson, chief of transplant surgery at Georgetown University Medical Center. 

This year’s scholarship recipients are: 

-- Alexandru Damian of Audubon, Pennsylvania, a graduate of Devon Preparatory School in Devon, Pennsylvania, and son of Mirela Damian and Valeriu Damian; 

-- Arinton Davis of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, a graduate of West Forsyth High in Clemmons, North Carolina, and the NCSSM Online Program, and son of Olethia Davis; 

-- Anne Blythe Davis of Swan Quarter, North Carolina, a graduate of Stanford University Online High School and daughter of Kelly Davis and Calvin Blythe Davis; 

-- Gabriella Deich of Savannah, Georgia, a self-taught graduate and daughter of Cheri J. Bivin and Matthew S. Deich; 

-- Azim Dharani of Lewisville, Texas, a graduate of Hebron High School in Carrollton, Texas, and son of Nighat Dharani and Murad Dharani; 

-- Alexandra DiGiacomo of Ridgefield, Connecticut, a graduate of Ridgefield High in Ridgefield, Connecticut and daughter of Cynthia DiGiacomo and John DiGiacomo; 

-- Amy Fan of Houston, Texas, a graduate of Bellaire High School in Bellaire, Texas, and daughter of Jinjin Guan and Yukai Fan; 

-- David Frisch of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a graduate of Taylor Allderdice High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and son of Beth Frisch and Mark Frisch; 

-- Nickolas Hibshman of Alta Loma, California, a graduate of Damien High School in La Verne, California, and son of Jennifer Hibshman and Erik Hibshman; 

-- Giavanna Jadick of Lutz, Florida, a graduate of Hillsborough High School in Tampa, Florida, and daughter of Angie Moreschi Jadick and Chris Jadick; 

-- Sachit Menon of Plano, Texas, a graduate of Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science in Denton, Texas, and son of Nidhi Mehrotra and Syam Menon; 

-- Meriwether Morris of Upperco, Maryland, a graduate of The Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, and daughter of Meriwether Hudson Morris and Malcolm Morris; -- Nikhil Ravi of Southlake, Texas, a graduate of Carroll Senior High School in Southlake, Texas, and son of Priya Venugopal and Ravi Venugopal;

-- Saumya Sao of Maitland, Florida, a graduate of Trinity Preparatory School in Winter Park, Florida, and daughter of Monika Sao and Shyam Sao; 

-- Anu Sharma of Gainesville, Florida, a graduate of Oak Hall School in Gainesville, Florida, and daughter of Jyoti Sharma and Anil Sharma; 

-- Caroline Waring of Richland, Washington, a graduate of Hanford High School in Richland, Washington, and daughter of Anne Waring and Joe Waring; 

-- Pranav Warman of Lutz, Florida, a graduate of Academy at the Lakes in Land O’ Lakes, Florida, and son of Gitanjali Vidyarthi and Dhiraj Warman; 

-- Carter Zenke of Lake Oswego, Oregon, a graduate of Lakeridge High School in Lake Oswego, Oregon, and son of Linda Zenke and Eric Zenke; 

-- Mycroft Zimmerman of Bernardsville, New Jersey, a graduate of Gill St. Bernard's School in Gladstone, New Jersey, and son of Maureen Kaune and Thomas Zimmerman. 

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