Duke Announces University Scholarship Awards

Seven high school graduates, including two international students, have been named winners of the prestigious University Scholarships at Duke University.

The University Scholars Program was created in 1998 with a gift from Duke alumna Melinda French Gates and her husband Bill Gates, through the William H. Gates Foundation. The program is designed to stimulate an interdisciplinary, intergenerational community of scholars.

The full value of each scholarship is estimated to be more than $220,000 over four years and covers full tuition, room, board and mandatory fees. The award is given to financially deserving students who represent a range of personal and intellectual backgrounds and share an excitement for original research, collaborative thinking and innovative scholarship.

This year's recipients are:

-- Minjia Jennifer Chang, of Miller Place, NY, a graduate of Miller Place High School in Miller Place, and daughter of Xiaoping Zhang and Xiangyun Cheng.  

-- Zachary Dean Heater, of Indianola, IA, a graduate of Indianola High School in Indianola, and son of Janna and Darren Heater.

-- Greg Lyons, of Medfield, Mass., a graduate of Medfield High School in Medfield, and son of Cathy and Michael Lyons.

-- Ryan Christopher Meingasner, of Loxahatchee, Fla., a graduate of Seminole Ridge Community High School in Loxahatchee, and son of Monique and Thomas Meingasner.

-- Tamra Meron Nebabu, of Lorton, Va., a graduate of Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria, Va., and daughter of Misrak Ayele and Nebabu Aynealem.

-- Muhammad Khizar Qazi, of Rawalpindi, Pakistan, a graduate of Roots School System in Islamabad, and son of Najma Qamar Khan and Qazi Muhammad Naim.

-- Sakura Takahashi, of Yokohama, Japan, a graduate of Saint Maur International School in Yokohama, and daughter of Kaori and Masayuki Takahashi.

For more information about the incoming class of University Scholars, visit the scholarship’s website at http://www.usp.duke.edu.