Renton Technical College student earns prestigious honor

March 6, 2014

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NEW — 2:30 p.m. March 6, 2014

Nicklaus Madison

Nicklaus Madison

Nicklaus Madison, a student at Renton Technical College, has been named the state’s 2014 New Century Scholar.

Only 51 community college students from the United States, Canada and American Samoa have received this honor.  Madison and the other award recipients will split a total of $102,000 in scholarship funds.

New Century Scholars are the highest scoring students in each state. Madison, of Seattle, was selected to receive this scholarship based on the score that he earned in the All-USA Community College Academic Team competition. More than 1,700 applications were received.

His nomination was evaluated on his academic achievement, leadership and service.

“It feels really great to be recognized for putting so much work into my education,” Madison said in a statement. “The scholarship money will definitely help me pay for next year’s tuition. But more than that, I hope it can be an encouragement to other students at the college, and especially those in my program.

“I started with no background in computer science, and a year and a half later, I’m being recognized at a national level. It’s really incredible and a little overwhelming to think about.”

Madison will receive a $2,000 scholarship and be presented at the American Association of Community Colleges’ (AACC) Convention in Washington, D.C. next month.

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