Eleven Selected For B.N. Duke Scholarships

First-year students are from North and South Carolina

2018 BN Duke Scholars, from top left: Faith Gowen, Francisco Romano, Sarah Yu, Ella Dunham, Shania Khoo, Eka Ebong, Cayley Ryan, George Rateb, Max Miller, Bre Anna Clinkscales and Seayoung Lee
2018 BN Duke Scholars, from top left: Faith Gowen, Francisco Romano, Sarah Yu, Ella Dunham, Shania Khoo, Eka Ebong, Cayley Ryan, George Rateb, Max Miller, Bre Anna Clinkscales and Seayoung Lee

Eleven incoming first-year students from North and South Carolina have been awarded the Benjamin N. Duke 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 $280,000 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 Benjamin N. Duke Scholarship’s alumni include a Rhodes Scholar and several Truman Scholars. The scholarships were established by The Duke Endowment to honor Benjamin Newton Duke, one of the university's founders.

“As an alumnus of the B.N. Duke program, I can speak directly to its ability to foster a lifelong commitment to the Carolinas,” said Adam Hollowell, senior research associate at the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke and the faculty director of the Benjamin N. Duke Scholarship Program.

“I completed my Carolina Summer of Service at the Boys and Girls Club of Wilmington, North Carolina, 17 years ago. Among my graduating class of B.N. Duke and Trinity scholars are now practicing physicians in Roxboro and Chapel Hill, North Carolina, as well as the executive director of Teach for America in Eastern North Carolina.

“Now, as the recently-appointed faculty director, I am delighted to help facilitate service programs for our scholars serving in Georgetown, South Carolina, as well as around the world.”

The Class of 2022 recipients are:

  • Bre Anna Joi Clinkscales of Charlotte, North Carolina, a graduate of Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology;
  • Ella Dunham of Clemmons, North Carolina, a graduate of West Forsyth High School;
  • Eka Abasifreke Ebong of Harrisburg, North Carolina, a graduate of Concord High School in Concord;
  • Faith Gowen of Charlotte, North Carolina, a graduate of Olympic High School;
  • Shania Wen Nin Khoo of Cary, North Carolina, a graduate of Green Hope High School;
  • Seayoung Lee of Newport, North Carolina, a graduate of Croatan High School;
  • Max Kirkland Miller of Blythewood, South Carolina, a graduate of Spring Valley High School in Columbia;
  • Francisco Roberto Romano of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, a graduate of Carrboro High School;
  • George Botros Rateb of Waxhaw, North Carolina, a graduate of Marvin Ridge High School;
  • Cayley Elizabeth Ryan of Cary, North Carolina, a graduate of Green Hope High School;
  • Sarah Qin Yu of Simpsonville, South Carolina, a graduate of J.L. Mann High School in Greenville.

For more information about the incoming class of B.N. Duke Scholars, visit the scholarship's website at https://www.ousf.duke.edu/?page=BNDuke.