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Top of mind: young alum makes planned gift in support of student experience

Getting students out of the classroom and into the world — that was the university’s bold idea behind launching DukeEngage in 2007. Ever since, it has given Duke undergraduates the opportunity to challenge themselves and change their world. In fact, it’s one of the most celebrated experiences at Duke because it transforms students so profoundly. Those who participate in the program come back forever changed by what they experience and do. 

 In 2012, Tre’ Scott ’15 created an independent project for DukeEngage and chose China as his site location. Just a few years after he graduated, that experience was the inspiration behind his decision to make a planned gift to Duke University. Scott designated $100,000 to endow the Murry-Marie Catherine-Belle Scholarship Fund in honor of his mother, two great-aunts and grandmother. In addition, he committed $50,000 to establish the Tre’Ellis Terrell Scott DukeEngage Fund. Scott also recently joined the DukeEngage National Advisory Board to share his perspective as a program participant and be a continuous advocate for the program.