Congratulations Students! 
Duke Credit Union is excited to announce that Rithik Duvva, Jayda Sims, Lucas Ferreira and Dalia DeJianne have been selected to receive a $3,000 Duke Credit Union Scholarship.  
A special thank you to all of the students who applied for a scholarship during the 2024 application period.  Duke Credit Union received many outstanding applications.  We wish each student the very best as they pursue their undergraduate education.   

2024 Scholarship Recipients

Rithik Duvva

Major:  Economics 
Minor:  Computer Science

"Together, two peers and I developed Parkin-Sense, an affordable and accessible website that diagnoses individuals with Parkinson's and tracks their progression. The site is entirely virtual and utilizes AI to analyze multiple cardinal symptoms, including facial masking, eye irregularities, and vocal fluctuations...while Parkin-Sense was my first step to making a widespread impact, I can't wait to see where AI entrepreneurship will lead me next".

"Duke Credit Union's ethos of helping people, is the same spirit of community impact that drove me to start Parkin-Sense. With the credit union's support, I know I can achieve my dreams of using technology to revolutionize healthcare access."

Jayda Sims

Major: Visual Communications & Digital Media Arts 
Concentration:  Fashion Design 

"In 2021, I started my business, Crowned by J. Elise. I design, sew and alter clothes and accessories. This past summer I was selected to attend a summer fashion program at Otis College of Art and Design, in Los Angeles, California. During this program I documented my summer journey via video. My digital content was later noticed by Creatives Want Change and one of their sponsors, URBN. As a result, I was selected as an URBN 2023 Fellow, featured on their website, and invited to participate in a mentorship program with URBN and the Senior Design Director at SKIMS."

"The Duke Credit Union scholarship will help me financially with tuition to go to college, obtain my degree, gain experience and exposure that is needed to fulfill my journey as a designer and entrepreneur."

Lucas Ferreira

Major: Pre Medicine
Concentration:  Biology

"I want to have the tools for new discoveries and the knowledge that will allow me to develop innovative ideas to solve public health problems, and in this way, benefit the less fortunate. In addition to my academic pursuits, I participated in community service by assisting in the rebuilding of houses in NC after Hurricane Florence, counseled kids at a summer camp, and taught swimming to children.  My goal is to enter a pre-med program that will allow me to pursue a career in the medical field."

"My intent to attend college and my career aspirations are deeply intertwined with my family's values and my personal growth.  I am grateful for the opportunity to pursue higher education and look forward to the transformative journey that lies ahead. The Duke Credit Union will be of great assistance to my educational advancement and contribute to my family's financial relief."

Dalia DeJianne

Major:  Mathematics
Minor:  Trumpet Performance

"I am a first-year at North Carolina State University. I’ve chosen mathematics as my major because it is a fundamental instrument to understand and interpret the world. I’ve been passionate about the subject since a young age as it is a powerful tool to solve real-world problems. I know that I want to help others and continue to discover new concepts during my future endeavors."

"I have come to understand that as a member, Duke Credit Union has my best interests in mind which I appreciate as it has greatly helped my family." 


Susan Creekmuir Scholarship Recipient

This scholarship was created in honor of Ms. Susan Creekmuir in recognition of her service on the Duke Credit Union (DCU) Board of Directors.  Ms. Creekmuir served on the DCU Board for twenty-two years and completed her term in April, 2024.   

Duke Credit Union Scholarship Program 

Our next application period opens April, 2025.
Scholarship applicants that meet the below criteria are eligible to apply:
  • Duke Credit Union member or the child of a Duke Credit Union member*
  • Planning to enroll or currently enrolled in college, Fall 2025
  • Good academic standing
  • Community, high school and/or college involvement (demonstrating leadership, excellence, and integrity)
*Current and Former Duke Credit Union Staff, Board Members, Member Advisory Council Members and their families are not eligible for this award.  This is a one-time award, previous scholarship recipients are not eligible to re-apply.
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