Merit Scholarship Programs

What Does it Mean to be a Merit Scholar?


Get to know more about the people and experiences that make up our Merit Scholarship Programs

Covers full tuition, room and board, and mandatory fees. For additional information visit the Merit Scholarship Recipients page.

Faculty Directors
Advise and mentor merit scholars as they progress throughout their collegiate career

Enrichment Funding
Support for experiential learning activities, such as conducting research, presenting at professional conferences, or participating in service learning

Receive guidance and support during your academic and professional trajectory throughout your four years at Duke

Engage in all OUSF and specific merit scholarship activities to bolster academic, intellectual, and professional enrichment

Friendship and Mentorship
Develop strong relationships among the students in your program and with the other merit scholars from OUSF

Our Merit Scholarship Programs


The OUSF faculty and staff supports the undergraduate students involved in Duke’s Merit Scholarship Programs.

A.B. Duke Scholars Program
Recognizes students who demonstrate intellectual accomplishment and exceptional potential for academic leadership.

Alumni Endowed Scholars Program
Recognizes outstanding academic achievement in children and grandchildren of Duke Alumni who demonstrate some financial need.

B.N. Duke Scholars Program
Students from North or South Carolina who excel academically, engage their communities, and aspire to become leaders at Duke and beyond.

David M. Rubenstein Scholars Program
Recognizes the outstanding academic achievement and vision of students who are the first in their families to attend college.

Karsh International Scholars Program
Recognizes the outstanding potential for academic and global impact of international students.

Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program
Change-makers from Sub-Saharan Africa who demonstrate financial need, academic ability, and deep commitment to their communities. Please note: We are no longer accepting new classes.

Reginaldo Howard Memorial Scholars Program
Recognizes the exceptional academic and personal accomplishments of students of African heritage.

Robertson Scholars Leadership Program
Young leaders who demonstrate extraordinary potential and strive to make transformational contributions to society. Please note: The application process is run directly through the Robertson Scholarship team.

Trinity Scholars Program
Recognizes students with outstanding academic achievement from various areas of North and South Carolina.

University Scholars Program
Students with excitement for interdisciplinary research, collaborative thinking, and innovative scholarship.