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Nicoly Santos

Miami Lakes, FL


My family is originally from Brazil, but I was born and raised in Miami, Florida. I am fluent in English, Portuguese, Spanish, and am proficient in French. I attended Jose Marti MAST 6-12 Academy and it was through there that I discovered a passion for volunteering and writing. I am also a QuestBridge Scholar and a Horatio Alger State Scholar. I am so thankful for this scholarship and can't wait to put it to good use.

Academic Interests

English, Law, & Public Policy

Extracurricular Activities

Blue Devils Versus Cancer, Relay for Life. In my spare time I enjoy baking, writing, and reading everything from modern poetry to classic literature.

What does this scholarship mean to you?

This scholarship has allowed me achieve the dream my parents, as immigrants who came to this country not knowing a word of English, could not. For me, it meant not worrying every night about being a financial burden to my parents and being awarded the freedom to study and pursue a career in what I love. I am so grateful to both David M. Rubenstein and to Duke University for allowing a program such as this to be possible. This program not only provided me with the resources necessary to attend college, but it also gave me friends, mentors, and a family here at Duke. I am so proud to call Duke my home, but I am even prouder to call myself a Rubenstein Scholar.