EvAnth Alum wins Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award

Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Jonathan Black
Moreen Njoroge

On Friday, Duke honored the generous spirits of staff member Niasha Fray and students Idalis French and Moreen Njoroge with the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award.  

The award recognizes one graduating senior and one member of the faculty, staff or graduate student body of Duke University or Duke University Health System for their outstanding commitment to service. The award was established in 1925 to honor the memory of Sullivan, a southerner who became a prominent lawyer, businessman and philanthropist in New York in the late nineteenth century....

The Sullivan Award committee chose senior Moreen Njoroge for her work across disciplines and continents. 

Njoroge is an evolutionary anthropology major with minors in chemistry and global health. She has studied in Spain, India and Kenya. In Kenya, Njoroge worked with village chiefs, community health workers and hospital administrators to analyze what causes women to not receive treatment for cervical cancer. 

“Moreen is experienced, focused, determined and self-directed. She sets high standards for her work and constantly meets them," wrote nominator Colleen Scott, director of Duke’s Baldwin Scholars Program. “She is eager to have a better understanding of health needs in underserved regions and populations and will not be satisfied with simply possessing this knowledge.” 

For the past two years, Njoroge has worked as an English and mathematics tutor for refugee students in the America Reads/America Counts program. She is also an Alice M. Baldwin Scholar, a program that supports undergraduate women at Duke to become engaged, confident and connected leaders to the community. 

"This award may have my name on it, but it belongs to everybody who has been guiding me on this journey," Njoroge said. "I’m so grateful for the education I’ve received and the confidence I have gained at Duke."