About the Reggie Howard Scholars Program

What Makes a Reggie Scholar?

reggie_bgEstablished over 30 years ago to memorialize Reginaldo Howard, Duke's first African American student government president, the Reginaldo Howard Scholarship program seeks to cultivate passionate leaders who critically examine and enrich themselves as well as their local and global communities. Reginaldo Howard (Reggie) Scholars are committed to academic excellence, leadership, community service and social justice.

About the Program

The Reginaldo Howard Memorial Scholarship, named after Duke University’s first African American student body president, is one of a handful of merit scholarships awarded by Duke University. Recipients of this prestigious scholarship are extraordinary individuals who exhibit a commitment to academic achievement, leadership, and community service and social justice. The scholarship pays full tuition, room and board. All scholars must maintain a respectable GPA annually to continue the benefits of the scholarship. This scholarship program specifically targets exemplary students of African descent.

Financial Support

The Reginaldo Howard Scholars Program provides eight semesters of full tuition, room and board at Duke University. Scholars also have access to generous enrichment funding for domestic and international summer experiences, including opportunities for independent research both in the summer and during the academic year.

Academic Community

In addition to monetary support, Reginaldo Howard Scholars will be a part of a cohort of students with a faculty director, a program coordinator, and additional mentoring support from the Office of University Scholars and Fellows. All Reggie Scholars will be part of a scholar community committed to the tenets of transformative leadership, intellectual courage, and social justice. During the regular school year, Reggie Scholars will engage with faculty mentors, program coordinators, guest speakers, and have the occasional field trip.

All first-year scholars participate in a first-year seminar series across scholarships in order to engage with each other as scholars, learn from scholars on and off campus, and engage with the greater Durham community.

Enrichment Experiences

After completion of the first year, Reggie Howard Scholars may apply for funds to support a variety of educational enrichment activities: from working at a laboratory at Duke University or elsewhere, to pursuing an internship in the private or government sector, to engaging in service work or independent research. With the help of the Reggie faculty director, the graduate assistant, and faculty mentors or advisors, Reggie Scholars will be supported in thinking creatively and planning wisely for these enrichment opportunities.

Interested in becoming a Reggie Scholar?

Our Selection Process