The University Scholars Program was created in 1998 with a gift from Duke alumna Melinda French Gates and her husband Bill Gates, through the William H. Gates Foundation. The program is designed to stimulate an interdisciplinary, inter-generational community of scholars.
The full value of each scholarship is estimated to be more than $220,000 over four years and covers full tuition, room, board and mandatory fees. The award is given to financially deserving students who represent a range of personal and intellectual backgrounds and share an excitement for original research, collaborative thinking and innovative scholarship.
This year’s recipients are:
- Minjia Jennifer Chang, of Miller Place, NY, a graduate of Miller Place High School in Miller Place, and daughter of Xiaoping Zhang and Xiangyun Cheng.
- Zachary Dean Heater, of Indianola, IA, a graduate of Indianola High School in Indianola, and son of Janna and Darren Heater.
- Greg Lyons, of Medfield, Mass., a graduate of Medfield High School in Medfield, and son of Cathy and Michael Lyons.
- Ryan Christopher Meingasner, of Loxahatchee, Fla., a graduate of Seminole Ridge Community High School in Loxahatchee, and son of Monique and Thomas Meingasner.
- Tamra Meron Nebabu, of Lorton, Va., a graduate of Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria, Va., and daughter of Misrak Ayele and Nebabu Aynealem.
- Muhammad Khizar Qazi, of Rawalpindi, Pakistan, a graduate of Roots School System in Islamabad, and son of Najma Qamar Khan and Qazi Muhammad Naim.
- Sakura Takahashi, of Yokohama, Japan, a graduate of Saint Maur International School in Yokohama, and daughter of Kaori and Masayuki Takahashii
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