Apply for Scholarships

There are a range of scholarship opportunities for the Program in Education. Some are open only to existing students, some are awarded to students as part of their application to Duke University, and other are competitive programs administered by non-Duke organizations.

Prize for Existing Duke Students

Winfred Quinton Holton Prize for Educational Research

Endowed in 1922 by gifts from Holland and Lela Young Holton in memory of their son, the Holton Prize recognizes investigative research, curriculum development work, and innovative projects in Education-related fields. Duke undergraduates who have declared a minor in Education, and/or who are enrolled in a teacher licensure program, and/or who have enrolled in an Education course are urged to enter the competition. Three cash awards of $500 will be given for outstanding and innovative work in Education. The work will be judged by a committee of Program in Education faculty.

To Apply

Pick up an application in the Program of Education Office, West Duke Building Room 213 or DOWNLOAD application: Holton Prize Application Spring 2017.

2016 Winners
  • Leslie Niiro, How to Teach Recent History: A Case Study in Argentina
  • Catherine Ward, Disproportionality of Latino/a Students in Special Education Programs: A Form of Trauma at School and Home

Need-Base Scholarships for Duke Student Applicants

John Alexander & Lillie Goodman Scott Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund

This scholarship was established in 1999 by Lois Collins Scott (T'24) to provide scholarship support to undergraduate students in the Elementary Teaching Preparation Program. Mrs. Scott was an elementary school teacher for over forty years. This scholarship honors the parents of Mrs. Scott's late husband, Mr. Clyfford G. Scott (T'24, L'32). Mrs. Scott has established a second scholarship for students in the Elementary Teaching Preparation Program honoring her late husband's sister, Lura Anna Scott Wellborn, and one in the Law School honoring her late husband. She resides in Durham.

Recipients, please send thank you letters to:

Lois Collins Scott
c/o Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid
2122 Campus Drive
Box 90397
Durham, NC 27708

Marilyn Tobias Memorial Scholarship Endowment

This scholarship was established in 1995 by Eli Lilly and Company of Indianapolis, IN, in memory of the wife of Randall L. Tobias, former chairman and chief executive officer of Eli Lilly and former chairman of the Duke Board of Trustees. The scholarship provides financial support for undergraduates with a preference for women, who have demonstrated academic excellence and an interest in pursuing a career in education. Mrs. Marilyn Tobias, an educator and philanthropist, died in 1994. Mrs. Tobias contributed to education as a teacher and as a volunteer for various organizations that serve the educational interests of children.

Recipients, please send thank you letters to:

Randall L. Tobias
c/o Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid
2122 Campus Drive
Box 90397
Durham, NC 27708

Competitive Programs Offered by Non-Duke Organizations