Dean Vincent on Forging Future Leaders Together

Dear alumni and friends,

Duke Environment Hall is bustling, and the school year is in full swing. This year we welcomed our largest MEM class ever, thanks to a strong recruiting push and our commitment to offer better financial aid than ever before. The new class is also exceptionally talented and markedly more diverse than previous classes.

Scholarships opened the door to a Duke environmental education for many of our new students by giving them the peace of mind that they would graduate with manageable debt. We hope to continue to attract ever stronger and more diverse classes – and to do so, we will need to offer competitive financial aid packages. That’s why we have launched Forging Future Leaders Together, a campaign to raise $25 million in financial aid for current and future Nicholas students.

As our alumni will surely attest, a Nicholas School education prepares our students for leadership. I encourage you to help us increase access and opportunity for our students, and enable the best and brightest candidates to come to Duke and become environmental leaders and scientists who can graduate as unencumbered by debt as possible.

Over the coming months, you will hear from current students and fellow alumni about the impact financial aid has had on their lives. I hope these stories will inspire you to participate in our Forging Future Leaders Together campaign. Gifts of all sizes and types – Annual Fund, endowments, immediate use and even planned giving – will be essential to reach our goal. However you choose to give, your participation means a lot to me and, more importantly, to the amazing students we serve.

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Jeffrey R. Vincent
Stanback Dean