Two Alumni, One Senior Receive Scholarship for Graduate Study at Stanford

Maya Sheth, class of 2020, Anjali Gupta, class of 2022, and Duke graduating senior Sydney Hunt

As a 2022-2023 Hart Fellow, she partnered with the University of the Gambia School of Medicine to research issues of health care access and cancer epidemiology. At Duke, Gupta was president of Duke Partnership for Service. She also conducted health disparities research in the Department of Population Health Sciences, interned with the Freedom School program in rural North Carolina, and worked on family-school engagement initiatives at the Brookings Institution’s Center for Universal Education.

Sydney Hunt, from Cornwall, N.Y., is the second graduating senior from Duke and the second Reginaldo Howard Memorial Scholar to be awarded the Knight-Hennessy Scholarship. She will pursue a Ph.D. in electrical engineering at Stanford after graduating with bachelor’s degrees in electrical and computer engineering and computer science and a minor in gender, sexuality, and feminist Studies.

At Duke, she co-founded the nonprofit CS Sidekicks, Duke S.P.I.R.E. Fellows Living Learning Community, and Duke Technology Scholars Academic Support Team. Hunt also co-hosted the “This Engineering Life” podcast series, established the annual “Don’t Waste Food Points” food drive, and was selected as the Undergraduate Young Trustee. 

The Knight-Hennessy scholarship was founded in 2016 by Nike founder Phil Knight and John Hennessy, who served as Stanford University’s president from 2000 – 2016. The scholarship was created to educate and prepare a community of scholars for leadership roles in academia, industry, government, nonprofits and the wider community.

Duke students and alumni can receive support for opportunities like the Knight-Hennessy Scholarship from the Nationally Competitive Scholarships team at the Office of University Scholars and Fellows.

For more information on the Knight-Hennessy Scholarship, visit the program website.