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Maclin Endowment Fund

Helping Duke Engineering students with unexpected educational costs not covered by financial aid

Traditional financial aid covers the larger higher education costs but does not typically provide for the many small unforeseen costs that arise between matriculation and graduation.

Plus, traditional aid may not be responsive or flexible enough to help students take advantage of unanticipated opportunities.

The fund was created through the generosity of Valecia Maclin E’92. The vision of the Maclin Endowment Fund is that no eligible Pratt School of Engineering undergraduate should miss out on educational growth because of costs not covered by financial aid.

The fund is aimed to support Duke students who are members of the National Society of Black Engineers but is open to all Pratt School of Engineering students receiving financial aid.


  • Professional attire for interviews
  • Graduate exam preparation materials and courses
  • Graduate exam fees
  • Graduate, professional and medical school application fees
  • Monetary gaps between Financial Aid Package and Family Contribution
  • Computer issues that directly impact academics
  • Travel for:
    • Interviews
    • Research conference presentations
    • Networking with employers and graduate schools at qualified professional society meetings
    • Study abroad

NOTE: This is not a complete list. If you have an education-related request that is not listed above, you are still strongly encouraged to apply.


  • Applications may be submitted by any undergraduate student at Duke who is:
    • Studying engineering, and
    • Receiving financial aid
  • Students with the highest financial need, as determined by Duke's Karsh Office of Undergraduate Financial Support, will receive priority
  • The Maclin Endowment Fund provides support for needs remaining after available discounts and fee waivers


  • Submit a request at the link below
  • Make your request at least one (1) week before desired use