Duke Gap Year Program


The Duke Gap Year Program provides funding for students who wish to take a gap year prior to enrolling at Duke. Each year, more students consider taking the year after high school graduation off before they head to college. Laura helped conceive of and launch the Duke Gap Year Program with a $1.5 million grant.

There are few opportunities in life to take a meaningful amount of time to pause, reflect, explore, and grow. There are even fewer where you can do so knowing you have a truly exceptional opportunity waiting for you. Students who come to Duke typically have been focused, active, and successful, for many years. The Gap Year Program is an opportunity for students to catch their breath for a year, to gain some perspective, to make a difference in a community near or far, to grow as a person, and to be better prepared for all that college has to offer, all with financial support from Duke.