Bella Onwumbiko

2016 – Woodbine, MD

Bella graduated as valedictorian of Glenelg High School where she spent her time outside of the classroom volunteering in and around her community. Bella is proud to have served as the VP of her high school’s National Honor Society and the Public Relations officer for the Key Club. Outside of focusing on her rigorous AP course load, Bella spent her evenings and weekends playing on her school’s volleyball team, tutoring elementary and middle school students, and by fundraising for and volunteering in her local general hospital. Voted “Most Likely to Succeed” by her high school peers, Bella is excited to see what the future holds.

On the pre-medical track at Duke, Bella is majoring in biology, with a minor in computer science. Her dream is to pursue a career in pediatrics or neonatology. She is grateful to have been given the opportunity to become rooted in the research, community service, and social activity spheres here at Duke.

Academically, she is most proud of her independent research on finding effective treatment for Parkinson’s disease and her published research that focuses on incorporating computer science into the K-12 curriculum in the United States. Bella is a strong believer in concept of giving back to her community, thus she continues to serve as a tutor for elementary and middle school girls in Durham. Between volunteering in the Duke Hospital, serving as House Council President, and being an active member in other community service organizations on campus, she is still able to find time to reflect on all of the wonderful blessings that have been bestowed upon her.​

Bella will forever be thankful for receiving the opportunity to study and grow in the Reginaldo Howard Memorial Scholar community, and she looks forwards to creating long-lasting bonds with her fellow Reggies.