Nicholas Scholars Program

The Nicholas Scholars Program, new this year, is our most prestigious merit award.

Launched with funding from five endowments and the Annual Fund, the program enables us to award up to 15 Nicholas Scholarships each year to incoming students from diverse backgrounds and experiences who demonstrate exceptional leadership potential and academic excellence.

These students receive scholarships that cover two-thirds of their tuition – the highest level of financial aid we ever have offered.

Our inaugural cohort of Nicholas Scholars includes nine outstanding students from the Class of 2018, who were selected for the two-year program from a highly competitive field.

In addition to the scholarship support they receive, Nicholas Scholars benefit from a specialized training program designed to foster their environmental leadership skills. This includes:

  • Personalized guidance from a leadership advisor;
  • Mentorship and networking opportunities with alumni and local environmental leaders, including our new series of Triangle Environmental Leadership Conversations with leaders in public service and government, the nonprofit sector, and private industry; 
  • Monthly Nicholas Scholars meetings on key environmental leadership skills and topics;
  • Guest speakers and panel events

Nicholas Scholars work as a cohort to plan and implement an annual Nicholas School community event focused on environmental leadership.

They also represent the school to the Duke and Durham communities, and to peers and partners within our local, regional and national networks of environmental professionals.   

2016 Nicholas Scholars

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May 2018
Employment Sought:
Internships
International Development, Water Access, Community-based Environmental Management, Energy Access
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May 2018
Employment Sought:
Internships
Water quality & pollution, marine debris cleanup & prevention, habitat restoration, and shoreline erosion
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May 2018
Employment Sought:
Internships
Wildlife, Biodiversity, Conservation, Spatial Analysis, Program Management
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May 2018
Employment Sought:
Internships
Corporate Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility, Private-Public Partnerships, & Local and State Government