Each fall, 18 first-year women 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.
This prestigious group was created to inspire and support undergraduate women 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 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.
One of my favorite quotes is by Oprah Winfrey: “It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you – always.” I am beyond excited to start my journey as a Baldwin Scholar and grow within a group so diverse, from academics to ideals to backgrounds, and truly succeed together.
My name is Mashal Ali, and I was born in raised in San Antonio, Texas. Growing up in a joint family of ten people has made family the biggest factor in shaping who I am today, and the Pakistani culture I was raised in is one I have nothing but immense pride for.
I am planning to... Read More about Mashal Ali
Hi! I’m Nora, and I am so excited to be part of this amazing class of Baldwin Scholars.
I’m from Champaign, Illinois, a small university town in central Illinois, south of Chicago. Living in a small town but growing up in a multicultural household has deeply shaped how I view the world. My mom is from Taiwan and my dad is from Morocco. I have family members from different linguistic and religious backgrounds, and I have been enriched by the diversity of cultures and traditions around me, including the different cuisines and music styles. I am grateful for the inclusive worldview that my... Read More about Nora Benmamoun
For my 14th birthday, my friends compiled a certificate titled, “How to be Anne Crabill.” The document humorously detailed everything from my personality traits to my obsession with glittery BIC mechanical pencils. When I reminisce about their gift, I’m reminded of the layers of nuance that make up who I am. Like my thoughtful friends, I struggle to define myself in a single tagline. Rather, a meaty dictionary entry with multiple subheadings would be the best way to describe me. So here is the current definition of Anne Crabill:
I’m a sports enthusiast and a defender on the varsity women’s... Read More about Anne Crabill
I am Tyler Edwards, and I am incredibly grateful to be a part of the Baldwin class of 2022. I was born and raised in Apex, North Carolina, a suburb of Raleigh which is about 30 minutes away from campus. I grew up surrounded by love and laughter from my parents, Ted and Tiffany, my two older brothers, Trey and Torin, and my younger brother, Tanner (yes, we’re all T’s!).
I started high school at Wake Early College in Raleigh before being accepted to the NC School of Science and Math, a boarding school just down Broad St from East campus. There, I explored my many interests by making a feature-... Read More about Tyler Edwards
Hi, thank you for reading the Baldwin site and my profile page. I’m excited and honored to be a part of the Baldwin community!
My name is Margaret Gaw, and I grew up in the beautiful musical city of Nashville, Tennessee. I’m from a large family who loves adventures and loves people and has a “Big Gaw Family” text group chat with 17 people posting about sports, life updates, and Wall Street Journal Articles. I’m from a family of Christian faith and hard work and a motto of G.A.W. (Good Attitude Wins).
I’m from the world of books—Nancy Drew, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and later, women of Jane... Read More about Margaret Gaw
My name is Susana Gutiérrez, and I was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. My roots run deep there; my family is Mexican-American, indigenous to South Texas, and has settled there for centuries. Growing up in a space marked by a mélange of Mexican, American Southern, and Native cultures was instrumental in developing my identity in all of its lovely contradictions. It is my true homeland and where my heart will always reside.
I was a bit of a soft spoken child who found her voice largely through speech and debate. From sixth grade through my senior year of high school I devoted myself to... Read More about Susana Gutierrez
Hi! My name is Caragh Heverly, and I cannot express how excited I am to be a part of the Baldwin Scholars Program for the next 4 years! My bio on Facebook says “I like trees, bees, and ladies,” but I suppose I should expand on that here.
I was born in Washington, DC, but home for me is an hour and a half from the city in Rappahannock County, Virginia. When meeting new people, I always end up telling stories about living in a small rural county, populated by more cows than people. Although my life at home and in the heteronormative community I grew up in brought a fair share of challenges to... Read More about Caragh Heverly
My name is Sophie Hurewitz, and I am incredibly excited to be chosen to be a Baldwin Scholar for the class of 2022!
I was born and raised in Washington, D.C, and have lived there my entire life with my parents, my younger brother, and my labradoodle. My family and I are incredibly close, and I am lucky to feel as though I can tell them anything, anytime. Growing up in D.C. has shaped my beliefs, my passions, and my goals for my future. I have been fortunate enough to have had unique opportunities in Washington, including the amazing high school I attended, the programs I was a part of, and... Read More about Sophie Hurewitz
Hi, my name is Elizabeth! I’m from Orlando, FL, but I moved to Durham with my mom permanently this year.
I was raised by a single mother for most of my childhood (shout out to her – I love you mom!) which has had an immense impact on the kind of person that I am. Being my mom’s daughter has taught me strength, compassion, and confidence; her embodiment of those traits provided the best role model growing up – a powerful, independent woman right at my fingertips. The injustices I saw her face as one of the only women in her field of engineering sparked a passion for equality in me, and... Read More about Elizabeth Loschiavo
My name is Clara Love, and I am incredibly excited to be a Baldwin Scholar at Duke University! The opportunity to grow with my Baldwin sisters for the next 3.5 years, is a true blessing, and I fully intend to give this program my all.
I have lived a very nomadic lifestyle from the time I was born. Originally born in Columbus, Ohio, I will forever consider myself a Midwestern girl who believes in smiling at people who cross my path and being patient with slow drivers. My family moved between Ohio and Michigan several times, and by the time I turned 12, landed in Princeton, New Jersey. Now that... Read More about Clara Love
Hello! My name is Fer Machicao, and I am so excited and incredibly grateful to be a part of this remarkable Baldwin family.
I was born in Jacksonville, FL and grew up in the city of Gainesville – a place I still hold dear to my heart. When I was 14 my family and I moved to Houston, TX. The vibrant, diverse, living-breathing city and the people I met there quickly became an integral part of my life and story which made Texas a place I am proud to call home.
My family means the world to me – my mom, my dad, and my two dogs, Canutto and Cutie. My whole family is from Peru and through them I feel... Read More about Fernanda Machicao
My name is Dina Qiryaqoz, and I am enthusiastic to be part of the Baldwin Scholar class of 2022!
My story begins in Bakhdida, Iraq, a small rural village, where I was born and spent the first 7 years of my life. I had a great childhood and spent a lot of time outside playing with the neighborhood kids and my siblings. From hop-scotch to hide-n-seek, we had a pretty great time and got ourselves into a fair amount of trouble. In the midst of our adolescent wonder however, the political and social climate was not so great, and my family went through more than its fair share of pain and... Read More about Dina Qiryaqoz
Hello there! My name is Megan Rabe. I cannot wait to see what future holds as a part of Baldwin Class of 2022! Just thinking about this important sisterhood gives me a sense of joy and anticipation. This is who I am in a nutshell (which is kind of ironic, because I have a gnarly nut allergy):
Mentioning that I was born in Los Angeles always makes me more interesting. But honestly, I vaguely remember the impromptu Disneyland trips and sunny days. My earliest memories manifest in the rural town of Terre Haute, Indiana, where endless cornfields and little diversity composed my microcosm of the... Read More about Megan Rabe
I’m Cayley from Cary, NC. I come from a family of West Virginia coal miners, Korean immigrants, South African expatriates, and schoolteachers. My heritage is a bit all-over-the-place, but it’s OUR all-over-the-place, and I couldn’t be more thankful for their endless love and support. I am immeasurably grateful to now become a part of the Baldwin family, and I cannot wait to spend the next four years and beyond with these extraordinary, compassionate, ambitious, talented women.
In high school, I climbed mountains, played piano for musical theater, ran a tutoring organization, and pole... Read More about Cayley Ryan
Hi! My name is Madeleine Scully, and I was born and raised in Washington DC. I have been lucky enough to grow up surrounded by strong women my whole life; my mom, my sister, my godmother and my mom’s best friends are all my role models. So when arriving at Duke, I knew I wanted to find the same community of diverse, inspirational women and I am so grateful to have found that in the Baldwin Scholars.
In high school I was able to discover what social issues I was genuinely passionate about fighting: gender inequality and racism. I joined a club called Female Empowerment Mission which was a... Read More about Madeleine Scully
Hi! My name is Samantha Streit and I am proud to be a member of the Baldwin class of 2022.
I hope to pursue a major in Theater Studies and then audition and perform as a professional actress in New York City, my hometown. I plan to continue making public service a priority, focusing my career on telling impactful stories and using the arts as a vehicle to create social change.
I have been passionate about the arts my entire life. I went to the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute for four years where I studied acting, TV & film, and musical theater. I also have worked as an assistant... Read More about Samantha Streit
“I can't be a pessimist because I'm alive.” James Baldwin
Not many people can say that they won a lottery that brought them three thousand miles away, across large bodies of water, and past multiple borders. To a place with a new language. To a place where none of my ancestors had ever stepped foot. With a ticket that told me that this place was my home where I belonged--a place that belonged to me.
Hello! My name is Liyu Woldemichael. My name was passed to me by my grandmother who died before my first words were ever spoken. Liyu in Amharic means special. My grandmother hoped I would live a... Read More about Liyu Woldemichael
My name is Madeleine Yancy, and I am both incredibly excited and humbled to be a part of the Baldwin Scholars Class of 2022.
I was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina (a very far journey to Duke, I know). I love my hometown and the diversifying experiences it has provided me. I grew up in a politically active and growing city, and being able to learn among other students who were just as passionate about social justice as I was only intensified my interest in it. I am passionate about equality in all forms, but especially in women’s rights and education. I attended one of the many... Read More about Madeleine Yancy