The Reginaldo Howard Scholars Program

Reggie Scholars Group Picture

The Reginaldo M. Howard Memorial Scholarship is offered to Black and 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: David Radvany-Roth

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. 

David Radvany-Roth is a founding member of CS Sidekicks and currently runs it as co-president with fellow Reggie scholar, Sydney Hunt. CS Sidekicks is an educational non-profit dedicated to delivering computer science curriculum to Durham Public School students. David and the Sidekicks team strive to boost students’ academic confidence and introduce historically underrepresented students in STEM to computer science through teaching and mentoring. Formed in 2020, the organization continues to grow each year.

Learn more about David Radvany-Roth here

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.

He completed his Ph.D. in Cultural Studies in Education at The University of Texas at Austin. He then conducted post-doctoral research in Spanish at UT’s Mesoamerica Center in Antigua, Guatemala, studying the amalgamation of race, culture, education, and athletics. After leaving Guatemala, he joined the faculty at Duke University.

Learn more about Dean Smith here

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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