Beginning with the Davidson College Class of 2025, each year, five students will be awarded the James B. Duke Scholarship of full tuition and fees. The award is renewable for the recipient’s remaining three years at Davidson, provided GPA, progress toward degree, and campus engagement requirements are met.

In keeping with the life of Mr. Duke, these high achieving students will demonstrate through their admission application and a required supplement that their academic achievement, concern for others, talent and experience, potential for impact, resilience and work ethic give evidence of their capacity to make a difference in the world.

James B. Duke Scholars will be awarded full tuition and fees plus a $5,000 stipend to be used for applied, relevant learning experiences during their Davidson tenure. Duke Scholars will be offered guidance and mentoring by the program director.

The application deadline for the James B. Duke Scholarship corresponds with the applicant’s chosen admission plan deadline (e.g. Early Decision I – November 15, Early Decision II – January 4, Regular Decision – January 11).  Finalists for the James B. Duke Scholarships will be notified in March and will participate in Celebration & Recognition/Decision Davidson Weekend in April. All first-year students admitted to the college, via Early Decision or Regular Decision, are eligible for consideration for the James B. Duke Scholarship.

Application Process

You must first be an applicant for admission at Davidson College in order to submit your James B. Duke Scholarship Application.

As part of the scholarship application, you will be asked to respond to one of following prompts within the context of the the qualities of a James B. Duke Scholar shared above (500 words maximum):

  • Which two or three of those qualities best define you and have greatest impact on your ability to serve and lead?  Be as specific as you can.
  • Which two or three of those qualities in you have best empowered you to have recent impact in your community?  Give specific examples of that impact.

Contact

For questions related to the James B. Duke Scholarship, please contact Gardner Roller Ligo, Director of Merit Programs.