B.N. Duke Scholarship Program


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B.N. Duke Scholars excel academically and demonstrate commitment to civic engagement. Scholars work collaboratively to build communities and solve problems on and off campus. To put this commitment into action, rising sophomores complete the Carolina Summer of Service (CSOS) project. Established in 1986, the B.N. Duke Scholarship is named in honor of Benjamin N. Duke, who funded scholarships to equip North and South Carolina students to “think for themselves and become leaders in the highest and best things in life.”

Spotlight on: Daniela Rubio

During her time at Duke, and with the support of the Benjamin N. Duke Scholarship, Daniela has explored many avenues of service.  As part of her Carolina Summer of Service project, she worked with Student U, a non-profit in Durham with the goal of empowering local kids to be the first in their families to attend college.  Dani has also served as a peer mentor for low income, first generation college students through Duke LIFE, worked as a first-year advisory counselor, and volunteered through ArtsConnect at the Emily K Center.  This past summer, Dani used her scholarship enrichment funding to serve as program director for Project Wellness, one of sixteen new experiential orientation programs designed for the Class of 2026.


Learn more about Dani's experience at Duke.

Dr. Adam Hollowell, Faculty Director

Adam Hollowell is Senior Research Associate at the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity and serves as Director of the Inequality Studies Minor. These positions reflect his long-held teaching and research activities related to ethics, religion, race, and public policy. Dr. Hollowell was a B.N. Duke Scholar while at Duke as an undergraduate student, and he is proud to support the B.N. commitment to social justice. 

When Dr. Hollowell was B.N. Scholar, his Carolina Summer of Service project took him to Wilmington, NC

Get to know Dr. Hollowell

The Benjamin N. Duke Scholars Program is located within the Office of University Scholars and Fellows (OUSF). The B.N.'s are part of a larger community of merit scholars and academically engaged students at Duke University.

Get to know the B.N. Duke Scholars and Staff