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Class of 2026
(He/Him/His)

Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona

Major: Undecided

Hobbies: Hiking and Backpacking, African American History, Jazz Music, STEM Education, Philosophy

Why Duke?

To summarize what the Angier B. Duke Memorial Scholarship means to me in one word, I would pick the word “community.” First, there is the community of scholars. I have been amazed by how enthusiastic and inclusive the other scholars have been: from random advice to Zoom calls to (finally) meeting in person at Blue Devil Days. I am thankful to have a community of support I hope to draw from and give to for the next four years. I am now confident to experiment with potential majors and futures—risks I can only take with this support. In addition, this community is an incredible source of inspiration—from both current and alumni scholars—as we all move down our individual academic and career paths. I look forward to having conversations on topics I am clueless about, issues that we share interests in, and ideas that are just fun to talk about. However, I am also now a small part of the broader Duke community. This scholarship provides the necessary support for me to pursue an education at Duke. I am excited to express my gratitude for this opportunity by giving back to and serving that community, participating in clubs, taking on new challenges, and cheering on fellow Blue Devils. As I move from Arizona to North Carolina, I am ready to dive into this community and find a place to learn new things, build new experiences, and thrive.