Designed to stimulate an interdisciplinary, intergenerational community of scholars, the University Scholars Program was created in 1998 with a gift from Duke University Trustee Melinda French Gates and her husband Bill Gates, through the William H. Gates Foundation. University Scholars from the undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools are selected for their ability to explore new academic horizons. They represent a range of personal and intellectual backgrounds and share an excitement for original research, collaborative thinking, and innovative scholarship.
The award covers full tuition, mandatory fees, room & board and is subject to renewal for the scholar's four years of undergraduate study. Additionally, University Scholars are offered up to $7,000 for research or other educational enrichment programs.