Honors Student Wins Fourth Major National Scholarship

By: Cindy Weiss, CLAS Today

Colin Carlson, CLAS ’12, the young environmental activist who began his college career at UConn when he was only 12, has won a fourth major national scholarship, the Pearson Prize.

He is one of 20 students around the country to receive the $10,000 prize, which is awarded to students who demonstrate leadership in community service.

Earlier this year, Carlson won a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship, given for academic merit in the sciences, mathematics, and engineering, and a Truman scholarship, which acknowledges college juniors for their leadership and dedication to careers in public service. Last year, Carlson received a Udall Scholarship for his commitment to the environment.

He will be ineligible to apply this fall for a Rhodes Scholarship, which has a minimum age of 18. His 15th birthday is July 31, 2011.

Throughout his college career and before coming here, Carlson has demonstrated his commitment to environmental causes. In 2006 he founded the Cool Coventry Club, a grassroots effort to curb global warming. At UConn he has been active as an Eco Husky and in the UConn Wildlife Society, and as a non-residential member of EcoHouse Learning Community, which he will join this fall as a resident.

Last fall he was a legislative intern for the Connecticut Sierra Club, and he blogs for Action for Nature.

One of his favorite quotes, from Bill Watterson, the creator of the cartoon Calvin and Hobbes, is, “If your knees aren’t green by the end of the day, you ought to seriously reexamine your life.”

“I like to stay busy—I always have something I’m working on,” he says. That includes a double major in ecology and evolutionary biology and environmental studies.

Read more at UConn Today.

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