The Baldwin Scholars program gives special recognition to two types of Duke Alumnae — "Pioneers at Duke" and "Heroines at Duke."
- Pioneers at Duke are those extraordinary Duke alumnae who are changing the world. Each year, the Baldwin Scholars program adds a handful of inductees to this prestigious list.
- Heroines at Duke are women who receive the annual Unsung Heroine Award. This award recognizes someone who has demonstrated extraordinary dedication to issues that face women at Duke or in the larger community, but whose efforts have not previously received formal recognition.