Thirty high school graduates have accepted invitations to become Robertson Scholars, receiving merit scholarships to attend either the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill or Duke University.
The Robertson Scholars Leadership Program’s financial benefits include full tuition, room and board, and mandatory fees for four years of undergraduate study, in addition to three summers of domestic and international experiences.
The Robertson Scholars Leadership Program invests in young leaders who strive to make transformational contributions to society. Scholars are selected based on students’ demonstration of outstanding academic achievement, intellectual curiosity, force of moral character, purposeful leadership and collaborative spirit.
Robertson Scholars matriculate to one university while receiving student privileges at both Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill, including opportunities to pursue second majors and minors, enroll in courses and participate in student activities. During the academic year, the Robertson Program provides customized offerings designed to encourage scholars to realize their full leadership potential.
The Robertson Program was created in 2000 through a $24 million gift from Julian Robertson, a 1955 graduate of Carolina, and his wife, Josie. Inspired by their sons — one of whom graduated from Duke in 1998, and another from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2001 — the Robertsons believed that each institution offered a distinctive undergraduate experience, but that the combination of the two promised a breadth and depth of resources that no other university could match.
The Robertson alumni network consists of approximately 345 leaders on six continents, linked together by a common goal to make positive and palpable contributions to their communities.
The Robertson Scholars Leadership Program Class of 2020 is listed below, alphabetically by country and, in the U.S., by state.
Scholars at Duke University:
Georgia Simone Lala, Diocesan School for Girls, Auckland
Siyuan “Michael” Zhang, James Hargest College, Invercargill
Trenton Blitz Bricken, Eton College, London
Ibrahim Butt of Blackburn, Cardinal Newman College, Blackburn
Thomas Cooley Wanty, IV, St. Paul’s School, London
Christina Evie Boghosian, Marlborough School, Beverly Hills
*Melanie Farfel, Canyon Crest Academy, San Diego
Brooke Chanel Porter, The Thacher School, Rancho Cucamonga
Beza Gebremariam, Overland High School, Aurora
Kameron Sedigh, Kings Park High School, Kings Park
Chinonyelum “Nonnie” Christine Egbuna, Parkland IB Magnet High School, Clemmons
Rasheca Logendran, Raleigh Charter High School, Raleigh
Ralph Ignacio Lawton, Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School, Avondale
Reshini Diandra Premaratne, Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School, Glen Allen
Scholars at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill:
Dikenna Awoke Ogbo, African Leadership Academy, Honeydew
Aakash Manohar Thumaty, Saratoga High School, Saratoga
Emily McKenzie Kian, North Broward Preparatory School, Boca Raton
Divya Mahesh, Allen D. Nease High School, St. Augustine
Anne Frances Dempsey, Blessed Trinity Catholic High School, Kennesaw
Hanna Elisabeth Watson, Andover High School, Wichita
Andrea F. Gonzales, Hunter College High School, Bronx
Shivpriya “Priya” Sridhar, William G. Enloe High School, Raleigh
Rebecca Darci Sullenger, Carrboro High School, Chapel Hill
Evan Thomas Rodgers, The Wellington School, Upper Arlington
Cara Lee Price, South Fayette High School, Bridgeville
Matthew Alexander Schaefer, Radnor High School, Newton Square
Brock Campbell Schoenwald, Brentwood Academy, Brentwood
Samia Daghestani, Science Academy of South Texas, McAllen
Sydney Ariah Adams, Collegiate School, Midlothian
Peter James Andringa , Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Vienna
*Chosen in 2015, deferred admission until this year.