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We invite rising high school juniors and seniors from across the nation and from any denominational tradition to apply for a year of learning, service, worship, and fellowship that begins with a transformational week of residency on Duke’s campus.

Applicants must complete the online application, including two short essays and two letters of recommendation. Applicants will also be responsible for gaining the commitment from a member of their community (a youth leader, pastor, teacher, or other) to serve as a community mentor. The non-refundable application fee is $25.

Applications for the 2018 Duke Youth Academy will be available soon. The priority application deadline in November 30, 2017. Applications received after November 30, 2017 will be reviewed on a rolling basis depending on availability.

Download essay questions

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Tuition and Cost

DYA tuition and room and board is valued at $4,000. Donors make it possible for us to award a scholarship of $3,050 to every accepted student. Students are responsible for the remaining $950 in tuition fees and any travel expenses they may incur. Full and partial need-basis financial aid is available.


Residency: June 24-30, 2018
Year of Mentorship: June 2018-June 2019

Finding Financial Aid

Church and Community Support

We encourage students to ask their local community to support their DYA experience financially as a first step. Past students have written to their pastors and other church leaders asking for a support, invited the members of congregation to support their DYA experience, launched online crowd-sourcing campaigns, and hosted fundraising dinners.

Ask early, ask often, and say thank you!

We’ve provided sample letters, scripts, and crowd-sourcing campaigns.

Download a sample letter to pastors/church

DYA Financial Aid

Every year, we grant a limited amount of financial aid to students who would otherwise not be able to attend. Every student is eligible to apply for financial aid.

To apply for DYA financial aid, the student’s parent or guardian completes the DYA Financial Aid Application, which includes a financial worksheet and the most recent year’s tax return. If, for whatever reason, you do not have a U.S. tax return, please contact the DYA office for an alternative process.

Download Financial Aid Application

Financial aid may still be available on a limited basis. Please inquire about availability at