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. 


Spotlight on Lauren Relaford

Using enrichment funding provided with the Reginaldo Howard Merit Scholarship, I traveled to Austin, Texas to attend the 2023 South by Southwest Education Conference. The week was full of meaningful dialogue surrounding equity in K-12 and higher education, technology in schools, pedagogy & the arts, and so much more! I was able to connect with colleagues from the The Hunt Institute, where I interned during the 2023 spring semester. I also saw the US Secretary of Education, Miguel Cardona. Overall, I gained a better understanding of needs within education as well as hope for reform strategies. Thanks, Duke University and OUSF, for supporting this great venture!


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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.

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.

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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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