UConn Student Prodigy Named Truman Scholar

STORRS, Conn. (AP) – A teen prodigy and University of Connecticut honors student has won a highly competitive national scholarship that pays $30,000 toward graduate studies.

University officials say 14-year-old Colin Carlson of Coventry is only the fourth UConn student named a Truman Scholar since the award was established in 1975.

Carlson started taking UConn classes when he was 9. He’s now a junior studying for a dual degree in evolutionary biology and in environmental studies and ecology.

In addition to the $30,000 from the Truman Scholars program, he is among three UConn students recently awarded $7,500 each by the Barry M. Goldwater

Scholarships program. The scholarships are given to students headed into careers in mathematics, science or engineering.

Carlson says he plans to pursue a law degree and a doctorate, and work in environmental advocacy.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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