Five Selected For A.B. Duke Scholarships

DURHAM, N.C. -- Five 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 to facilitate 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 outstanding 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:

-- Daniel Cordray of Grove City, Ohio, a graduate of Central Crossing High School and son of Margaret Cordray and Richard Cordray;

-- Taylor Plett of Laguna Niguel, California, a graduate of Dana Hills High School and daughter of Tammy Plett and Anders Plett;

-- Hira Shah of Manhattan Beach, California, a graduate of Mira Costa High School and daughter of Elizabeth Shah and Paresh Shah;

-- Adam Snowden of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, a graduate of Ponte Vedra High School and son of Catherine Snowden and Robert Snowden;

-- Barbara Xiong of Brentwood, Tennessee, a graduate of University School of Nashville and daughter of Chanjuan Shi and Will Xiong.

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