The Duke Endowment Award: Supporting Students From the Carolinas

Carolinas Advising Corp Meghana Giri, Isabella Peralta and PAGE program for girls education in Madison County

The Duke Endowment Award

$100 million gift is largest in university history

The Duke Endowment’s $100 million award will build upon these longstanding efforts and further Duke’s partnerships across the state. The gift includes support for:

  • Full tuition grants for undergraduates from North and South Carolina with total family incomes of less than $150,000, plus a range of other types of support for North and South Carolina students with total family incomes below $65,000;
  • Graduate and professional students at Duke who earned undergraduate degrees from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other designated minority serving institutions, with a preference for students who graduated from institutions in the Carolinas; and
  • Expand and support community-based work study and experiential learning opportunities for more undergraduate students each year;

“We are very grateful for the Endowment’s enduring support of Duke University and proud of what this vision and our partnership are making possible in the Carolinas and beyond,” said Duke President Vincent E. Price at the ceremony announcing the award.

The university’s support for Carolina students goes far beyond the financial assistance provided for in The Duke Endowment gift. It starts much earlier, with programs across the state providing educational opportunities for K-12 students and encouraging them to think early about college. These include the Duke University College Advising Corps in regional high schools, School Days in Durham public schools, and PAGE, a program focused on girls’ education in Madison County in western North Carolina.

Read six stories about the people and the programs behind support for students from the Carolinas.