Roberston Scholars have scholarships to study at both Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill. The scholars receive money to cover full tuition, room and board and mandatory fees for four years. They also receive funding for three summers. Robertson Scholars at UNC must take five courses at Duke.
Roberston Scholars are also required to take a freshman colloquium course and complete a senior capstone course. During the second semester of sophomore year, scholarship recipients must live at their sister campus. Therefore, Roberston Scholars have full rights and privileges to both universities.
The scholarship was started by Julian Robertson and his wife Josie in 2000 after they donated $24 million. They were inspired by their sons — one went to Duke, and another went to UNC.
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Many UNC students who hop on the Robertson bus next semester expecting a free ride to Duke will have to pay up instead.
Jordan Imbrey came to the Robertson Scholars Program later than most. After being rejected as a high school applicant, he didn’t even apply as a freshman until a week before it was due because he didn’t know it was an option.