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Merit Scholarship Selection Process


How can I be considered for the Duke Merit Scholarship?

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Every applicant to Duke University is considered for 9 out of the 10 merit scholarships. All students who apply and are accepted for undergraduate admission to Duke University are automatically considered for a merit scholarship. Merit scholarships are available for both domestic and international students. Robertson Scholars must apply through a separate application process. Please visit for more details.


How will I know if I have been selected for a Duke Merit Scholarship?

Finalist are selected based on the individual criteria for each scholarship. Finalist for the A.B. Duke, B.N. Duke, Reginaldo Howard, University, Trinity, Alumni, and Robertson scholarships will be invited to participate in a finalist campus visit that will include an interview and opportunities to meet with faculty and current scholars. Those selected as finalist will be notified early March by email. Other scholarships may include a phone or skype interview as part of the finalist process.


How can I afford a Duke education?

Learn more about Financial Aid at Duke

If you are hesitant to apply to Duke because of the cost, please reconsider. In addition to these ten merit scholarship programs, Duke University has recently expanded need-based financial aid. Duke is strongly committed to its financial aid program and the principle that a student's financial resources should not be a barrier to enrollment. We pledge to meet full demonstrated financial need for every one of our students.  For U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and undocumented or DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) students, Duke's admissions policy is "need-blind," which means that applicants are accepted based on their merits, regardless of their ability to pay for college.

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