Each fall, 18 first-year students from the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences and the Pratt School of Engineering are selected to become the newest members of Duke University's Alice M. Baldwin Scholars women's leadership program.
This prestigious group was created in 2004 to inspire and support undergraduate students to become engaged, confident and connected leaders in the Duke community and beyond.
As a Scholar, you'll network with distinguished faculty, connect with other female-identified students, intern in the field of your choice, and study in intimate seminars. This rigorous, four-year program will sharpen your thinking, raise your self-awareness and empower you to influence Duke's culture.
My name is Mariamawit Abebe, and I am incredibly grateful to be a Baldwin Scholar. In 2002, my family and I immigrated from Ethiopia to the United States. With my five siblings, I grew up in Katy, Texas in a home unacquainted with silence. Unfortunately, I have yet to return to Ethiopia, but I hope to travel in my adulthood. We incorporate as much of Habesha culture as we can in our Texan home such as afternoon buna. Coming from such vibrant roots inspires me to share my blessings. I plan to utilize what Duke offers me and share my knowledge in countless spaces.
Seven years ago, I... Read More about Mariamawit Abebe
“It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.”
I came across this quote while re-reading the Harry Potter series this past year, and it has stuck with me ever since. I wasn’t born into the most stable home environment, and most people who knew the whole story probably wouldn’t have expected much from me. But, with the knowledge that there is always MORE —more to learn, more to experience, more people to meet, more places to go—I slowly but surely became the person I am today. Even better? I’m still growing every single day.
Hey y’all! My name is Zoe and I’m from Baton... Read More about Zoe Ali
Hi there! My name is Chloe Beittel, and I’m so grateful to be a part of the Baldwin Scholars community! I’ve only been a part of it for a short time, but there’s no doubt in my mind Baldwins are a fabulous group of strong women.
I was born in Boston, but I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, California. From an early age, my family has inspired me to be my own kooky self, believe in big dreams, and to care for others and the earth with dignity and respect. I once professed my love for my older sister in a pink poodle skirt while standing on a stool in my living room singing to the large... Read More about Chloe Beittel
Hi! I’m Laura and I’m so excited to join the Baldwin community. I was born in Georgia, spent much of my life in the Bay Area of California, lived in London during high school, and am (at least momentarily) based in New Jersey. One day in the (hopefully) near future, I will update this bio with more solidified career ambitions, but at the moment, I am drawn to many different paths. I look forward to the day I can more fully describe my future plans, but here I will try to offer an exploration of some of my various intrigues and passions.
Perhaps I should start by examining how I spend my... Read More about Laura Boyle
Hello! Hi! Greetings!
I’m Gayatri Chintala, and I’m pursuing a major in neuroscience on the pre-med track.
I could introduce myself by telling you my favorite book or my favorite song, but those are always changing. I could tell you to come visit me, but I moved recently. Things around my life are always changing and when I was younger I used to be scared of that. I didn’t really want to change with my friends, my neighborhood, my family and I wouldn’t let myself be open to the constantly shifting world around me.
Me. I got used to change by realizing it wasn’t so bad. I love... Read More about Gayatri Chintala
Hello! I’m Jadyn, and I am thrilled and grateful to be a part of the Baldwin community. I am excited to have the opportunity to learn from and with my female peers and mentors in a collaborative and uplifting way.
I was born and raised in the greater Houston area, where I live with my parents and my dog. Some notable things about me are that I am a Black Belt in Bushi Ban Martial Arts. I was a Montessori student with perfect attendance (never missed a day of school from 1st through 12th grade). I received an International Baccalaureate Diploma and have Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK)-Level 3... Read More about Jadyn Cleary
Hello!! My name is Arianna Dwomoh and I am so grateful to be a part of the Baldwin Scholars Class of 2024. Being a part of such an inspiring community of driven and engaged women seems like a dream, and I can’t put into words how excited I am for the next four years with Baldwin!
My family is from Ghana, Africa, but my twin sister and I were born in England and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina. These distinct cultures have made me the person I am today, as it has shaped my thoughts, my words, and my deeds. Each culture allows me to see the world in a different light and connect with others... Read More about Arianna Dwomoh
Hello! I’m Olivia Fox, and I am beyond excited to be joining Baldwin’s class of 2024 family.
I was born in Waynesville, NC—not too far away from Duke, actually—but moved to Huntsville, AL when I was around ten. I have a younger brother, a twin sister (we look totally unrelated), and two amazing parents. And I can’t forget our two dogs, Percy and Annabeth!
Growing up, my siblings and I spent much of our childhood playing in the woods of our backyard. With our active imaginations, we were often intrepid explorers and conquerors: sticks became swords, boulders our castles, and trees our... Read More about Olivia Fox
My name is Manon Fuchs, and it goes without saying, but I am thrilled to be a part of the wonderful Baldwin community! Although my first name is French, I am Russian-Jewish on my mother’s side and German on my father’s side (hence the Fuchs, which means fox in German).
I am from Queens (NYC) and grew up in an area brimming with culinary traditions from around the world. For as long as I can remember, I loved exploring the various trucks, carts, and eateries lining the street corners and have since acquired a passion for cooking. When I am not at Duke, I am busily attempting new recipes... Read More about Manon Fuchs
Hi there! My name is Noelle and I'm super stoked to be a part of Baldwin!
I grew up in a city called Knoxville, in the eastern part of Tennessee, with my mom and younger brother. It was simple and quiet, and in hindsight really fueled my ambition to find places that were restless with lots of energy and change. Much of my early life was split between school and soccer. I'm thankful for my mom because despite being a single parent she worked really hard to support me and never doubted my perseverance and adaptability. I look back fondly on memories of post-game celebrations and late-night... Read More about Noelle Garrick
Hey, y’all! My name is Ruthie Kesri and I’m from Kentucky. I plan to major in Political Science and Global Health.
At Duke, I am deeply involved with Duke-UNICEF. Outside of academics, I love meeting new people and reading pretty much everything. I am honored (and very excited) to be a part of the Baldwin class of 2024 and join this amazing family of Baldwin scholars. More than anything, I’m thrilled to spend the next few years exploring Duke alongside this cohort of accomplished, reflective, and determined women.
I leave you now with one of my favorite quotes by Anthony Doerr in ...Read More about Ruthie Kesri
Hi y’all! My name is Christina Lewis, and I am so thrilled to be a part of the Baldwin Class of 2024.
I’m from Charleston, SC, a city known for its pastel buildings, swarming tourists, and a history rich in racial struggle. Growing up in a place of such contrast--a place so quaint and hospitable on the surface, but still so segregated--has shaped how I view myself and the world around me. Because my father is from India, and my mother is white, I, much like Charleston, have struggled with my identity that is so obviously impacted by race while existing in a society that claims to “no longer... Read More about Christina Lewis
Hi all! My name is Chloe Nguyen. I am so excited and grateful to be a part of the Baldwin family, and I can’t wait for the next couple of years!
I’ve lived in Las Vegas, NV, my whole life, with my mom, dad and brother. We have two dogs—Luna and Ace—who make my existence complete. I am beyond grateful to my parents for paving the way for me to be able to attend Duke today and teaching me to work hard and persevere against the odds.
Most of my life—up until high school—was defined by dance. I danced 25-30 hours a week and can definitely say that dance has shaped who I am today. It instilled in... Read More about Chloe Nguyen
Hello! My name is Sasamon Omoma, and I am so excited to be a Baldwin Scholar!
I was born in Bangkok, Thailand, and grew up in Kennesaw and Acworth, Georgia, two neighboring towns just outside of Atlanta. Although the area has a very distinct southern feel, I’ve always been proud of the fact that my hometown beats the stereotypes and is pretty diverse in terms of views, income, and race. This was especially true of my high school, Kennesaw Mountain, where the STEM magnet program I was part of attracted students of various backgrounds. Growing up in Georgia, there is a lot of beautiful nature,... Read More about Sasamon Omoma
Hello! My name is Jada Purkett, and I am from the amazing city of Chicago, Illinois. Who I am as a person cannot fully be reflected in everything I have done in the past, but what I have learned in the present, and what I hope to do in the future.
Some random facts about me: I love English, I am a musical theatre enthusiast, an ex-singer, an ex-violinist, an ex-policy debater, an amateur composer, an aspiring knitter, and an aspiring ASL and BASL learner (and whatever new skills entice me)!
One of the most important lessons I have learned this year is that, just because you are good at doing... Read More about Jada Purkett
I was raised in Houston, Texas but my family and I immigrated from India when I was about a year old. Growing up in Houston but also being strongly connected to my Indian heritage means that I got the best of both worlds when it comes to food, holidays, and overall culture. Part of the reason that I am the way I am and that I can approach life in the way I do is because of the way my parents taught me and how their parents taught them. I think of myself as a product of generations and generations of strong Indian sanskar mixed in with the modernity and the culture of the world I live... Read More about Akshita Raghuvanshi
Hi, my name is Mackenzie Warren, and I'm very grateful and honored to be a part of the Baldwin Scholars Class of 2024!
I'm from the great state of Texas, born and raised in Houston. As an avid lover of food, I appreciate the delicious Tex-Mex, seafood, barbecue, and steaks of my hometown. Growing up in Houston profoundly shaped who I am today, and I'm not just referencing my insanely frequent use of the word "y'all". More importantly, the diversity of my city has taught me to appreciate learning from others. This is why I'm absolutely stoked to have the opportunity to spend all four years... Read More about Mackenzie Warren
Hi! My name is Cristal Zhu, and I’m overjoyed and honored to be part of the Baldwin family.
I was born in China and went to Singapore for high school. Growing up as a girl in a traditional family, I was taught to be a passive listener rather than an active change maker. Hence, the 4-year scholarship opportunity for me to study in Singapore was a turning point in my life. I attended an all-girls’ school in the first 2 years and was amazed by girls’ potential to lead. Inspired by girls around me, I gradually stepped out of my comfort zone, identified problems in the community, and came up... Read More about Cristal Zhu