Reginaldo Howard Memorial Scholars Program

Who was Reginaldo Howard?

Reginaldo “Reggie” Howard was the first African-American President of the Associated Students of Duke University (the primary organ of undergraduate student government at Duke). A sophomore political science major, Reggie was returning to Duke for a meeting from his home in Columbia, South Carolina, when he was killed in an automobile accident. His high academic standards, unquestioned integrity, sincere concern for others, and good humor made a deep impression on all who came into contact with him, and ultimately inspired the foundation of this award.

The Reggie Program

Reggies Scholars are exceptional individuals who exhibit a commitment to transformative leadership, intellectual courage, and social justice.

Reggie Beach Group

Commitments to community service and to the principles of justice also unify the Reggie family. Undaunted by the most pressing and important issues of our day, Reggies actively attempt to make a difference for the greater good. Learn more.

Our Selection Process

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Chapel Filler

All applicants to Duke University of African descent are considered for the Reginaldo Howard Memorial Scholarship. The following criteria guide the selection process: leadership and growth potential, intellectual curiosity, commitment to social justice, personal initiative, authenticity and integrity. Learn more.

Current Scholars

A community of scholars, an intellectual hub

Reggies Community

The Reginaldo Howard Memorial Scholars Program is located within the Office of University Scholars and Fellows (OUSF) at Duke. OUSF Staff provide full support for the Reggie Scholars Program through services such as student advising, mentorship, and event planning. Our scholars are part of a larger community of merit scholars and academically engaged students at Duke University. Learn more.