The Reginaldo Howard Scholars Program

Reggie Scholars Group Picture

The Reginaldo M. Howard Memorial Scholarship is offered to African-American students and those of African descent, who excel academically and demonstrate a commitment to leadership and social justice. Reginaldo Howard Scholars are committed to serving their communities and becoming leaders at Duke, both inside the classroom and beyond.  Established in 1979, this scholarship honors Reginaldo “Reggie” Howard, the first African American President of the Associated Students of Duke University and an A.B. Duke Scholar. He was tragically killed in an automobile accident during his sophomore year, but his ambition and commitment to helping others lives on. 


Scholar Spotlight: Nia Williams

All Reginaldo Howard Scholars have access to enrichment funding that provides financial support for students to pursue an academic or professional goal outside the classroom. 

Nia Williams, Class of 2023, used her enrichment funding to participate in NYU Tisch’s “Sight and Sound: Filmmaking” intensive with director, actor, and professor, Vondie Curtis-Hall. Throughout the six-week course, she wrote, shot, directed, and edited seven short films.

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Dean Martin P. Smith, Faculty Director

Dr. Martin P. Smith is Dean of Academic Affairs for Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, and an assistant professor of the practice of education.

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Who Was Reginaldo Howard?

Reginaldo Howard, an A.B. Duke Scholar with the Class of 1978, was the first African American President of the Associated Students of Duke University.

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The Reginaldo Howard Scholars Program is located within the Office of University Scholars and Fellows (OUSF). The Reggies are part of a larger community of merit scholars and academically engaged students at Duke University.

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