The hazard of Duke is that
studying at the university is very expensive.
But it is not a concern Otago Daily Times 2011 Class
Act recipient Jamie Band (18), of Dunedin, and University of
Otago student Tom Prebble (18), of Auckland, will have to
Their desire to create a better world has won them
prestigious scholarships, worth $100,000 a year, to study at
Duke University in Durham, North Carolina - one of the
world's top tertiary institutions.
The scholarships, provided by New York philanthropist Julian
Robertson, cover tuition and board and a living allowance for
up to four years.
Mr Band plans to study biology and
cancer genetics, while Mr Prebble plans to study for a
bachelor of science degree, majoring in economics.
The pair will be joined by Sarah Wright, of Rangiora, who
plans to study genetics, molecular biology and biochemistry.
Selection for the scholarships was based on academic ability,
leadership potential, commitment to community service,
courage, collaborative spirit and a strong ethical outlook.
Since moving from London in 2007, Mr Band has topped all his
subjects at John McGlashan College and was dux at the school
He achieved a near maximum score in the International
Baccalaureate Diploma, and went on to gain a score of 2340 in
the SAT. He is now studying science at Melbourne University.
With his passion for the life sciences and medicine, Mr Band
believes a degree from Duke will enable him to make a real
difference in the world.
"I aspire to work both in countries like New Zealand as well
as those less fortunate, spreading my time between the two so
as to improve the wellbeing of others."
While at King's College, Mr Prebble achieved scholarships in
English, statistics and modelling, and four A-level A+ grades
and an A in further mathematics in Cambridge International
Examinations. He was top in the world for A-level thinking
Studying economics at Duke would be a life-changing
experience, he said.
"I want to be exposed to mind-boggling ideas that disturb my
world view and make me question my thoughts and values.
"I want to influence global events in a positive way on an
international stage, as either a leader in a field or for my
"Studying at Duke will only allow me to do this better."
The pair will begin their Duke studies in August.