Trinity Scholars Program

The Trinity Scholarships were established in 1984 through the generosity of distinguished Duke alumni to honor Duke’s origins as Trinity College in Randolph County, North Carolina. These scholarships are awarded on a rotating basis to some of the most gifted students residing within specific geographic areas of North and South Carolina. Duke has created the Trinity Scholarships with the support of its North Carolinian alumni to attract the finest students from its home state. Today, scholarships are awarded from thirteen endowments, and fifty-eight Trinity Scholars have graduated from Duke.

Trinity Scholars are exceptional students from specific counties in the Carolinas who have demonstrated academic excellence as high school students.

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Trinity Scholars are intellectual leaders with a love of learning seeking to engage fully in the rigors of a Duke education.


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Trinity Scholarships are awarded to academically talented students from particular counties within North and South Carolina on a rotating basis. Select Trinity awards require that students demonstrate financial need. See individual award descriptions for more details. 

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The Trinity Scholars Program is located within the Office of University Scholars and Fellows (OUSF) at Duke. OUSF Staff provide full support for the Trinity 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.