Local student Bricen Duff has been chosen as one of UNC-Pembroke’s 2020 Maynor Honors College scholars.

Considered the most prestigious four-year scholarship, the Maynor Honors Scholarship pays tuition, fees, books, room and board and is named for the late Esther G. Maynor, a Pembroke native and one of the university’s biggest supporters.

A standout student at Edgecombe Early College High School, Duff chose UNC-Pembroke after receiving acceptance letters from seven other universities. He came to Pembroke to study business administration and to pursue his passion for marketing.

“It’s an honor to be selected as a Maynor Honors Scholar. I was sitting in one of my classes when I received the email. When I saw it, I began to tear up. I was so excited. This is the biggest thing that’s ever happened to me,” Duff said.

Duff excelled academically in high school and kept busy with service-oriented projects at school and in the community. Duff served as the Early College representative on the Student Government Association board and was an ECC Ambassador and vice president of Phi Theta Kappa.

As a member of the Honors College, Duff will benefit from interdisciplinary seminars and discipline-specific honors courses taught by distinguished faculty members. Such courses enhance the general education curriculum, facilitate academic and personal growth and encourage the interdisciplinary exploration of ideas.

Honors students also gain a sense of community through shared residential facilities as well as cultural and service-learning programs. The scholarship was first awarded in 2007.