The Program

The Alice M. Baldwin Scholars Program inspires and supports female-identified undergraduate students to become engaged, confident and connected leaders in the Duke community and beyond.   

Upperclass mentors, faculty, and Duke alumnae provide an empowering environment. Scholars are expected to positively influence the culture for undergraduate women at Duke, offering new ideas about how to measure academic and social success.


Female-identified students enter the program in their first year, with 18 new members accepted each fall. The first class of scholars was selected in fall 2004, with the program reaching total enrollment of 72 in fall 2007.

The four-year experience includes a retreat, two academic seminars, an opportunity to live together as a group on West Campus, an internship, and numerous informal activities such as lectures and dinners. Baldwin Scholars will develop leadership, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.

The program is open to students in the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences and the Pratt School of Engineering. Scholars are encouraged to pursue other interests, including study abroad, athletics, and academic research. Scholars may declare any major, complete pre-medical or other graduate school requirements, or participate in Focus.

The program does not provide a tuition scholarship, but scholars won't face additional costs to participate.