DURHAM, NC -- Twenty-four incoming first-year students have now accepted invitations to join the Robertson Scholars Program at Duke University and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, making them the 12th cohort of scholars to join the Program since its inception in 2001.
The Class of 2016 was selected based on students' demonstration of outstanding academic achievement, intellectual curiosity, force of moral character, exceptional leadership potential, and a well developed capacity for collaborating effectively others.
Hailing from ten states and six foreign countries, 23 of the 24 students will begin their studies this fall, with 13 matriculating at Duke and 10 at UNC. The remaining recipient(*), an awardee at UNC, will defer her entry for a year and join the Program in the Fall of 2013.
The Robertson Scholar community enthusiastically welcomes the following students into its ranks, listed alphabetically by university.
Class of 2016 Scholars at Duke University:
Dimeji Abidoye, African Leadership Academy, Lagos, Nigeria
Rachel Anderson, Alexander W Dreyfoos Jr School, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
James Band, John McGlashan College, Waverley, Dunedin, New Zealand
Thomas Cole, St. Pauls School, London, England
Nadine Goldberg, Miami Beach Senior High School, Miami Beach, Florida
Joanna Kuang, Lawrenceville School, West Windsor, New Jersey
Abdul Latif, Smithsburg High School, Hagerstown, Maryland
Daniel Lim, Trinity Grammar School , Strathfield, New South Wales, Australia
Mehul Mehta, Westlake High School, Austin, Texas
Thomas Prebble, King's College, Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand
Sophia Sennett, Armend Hammer United World College, Birch Bay, California
Devin Solanki, Montville Township High School, Pine Brook, New Jersey
Michael Yang, Quartz Hill High School, Lancaster, California
Class of 2016 Scholars at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill:
Anne Baldridge, Patrick Henry High School, Roanoke, Virginia
Virginia Hamilton, The Westminster Schools, Atlanta, Georgia(*)
Pranav Haravu, North Carolina School of Science and Math, Raleigh, North Carolina
Alexander Hatzis, Abingdon School, Oxfordshire, England
Fedor Kossakovski, South Pasadena High School, South Pasadena, California
Evan Lumbra, Regis High School, Rye, New York
Sowmya Mangipudi, Greensboro Day School, Greensboro, North Carolina
Tafadzwa Matika, African Leadership Academy, Harare, Zimbabwe
Linda Rebeiz, African Leadership Academy, Mbour, Senegal
Jacob Rosenberg, Early College at Guilford, Greensboro, North Carolina
Jacqueline Slorach, Mentone Grammar School, Sandringham, Victoria, Australia