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Duke University's David M. Rubenstein Scholars Program is a merit scholarship for exceptional, first-generation, low-income students. The scholarship provides rigorous academic experiences, personal enrichment and professional development — and covers the full cost of a Duke education.

Welcome to the David M. Rubenstein Scholars Program

Established in 2016, the David M. Rubenstein Scholars Program is the first competitive merit scholarship at Duke that supports first-generation, low-income students financially, academically, personally and professionally. Scholars are selected for their outstanding achievements, resilience, and commitment to social engagement. Apply to Duke!

David M. Rubenstein Scholars explain the impact of the program:

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Benefits

David M. Rubenstein Scholars receive more than a scholarship covering the full cost of a Duke education. Students become part of the Duke merit scholar community and are mentored by faculty. They are provided with ongoing enrichment opportunities, including funding to pursue professional experiences. 

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