Rollins Student Awarded Goldwater Scholarship

June 24, 2008

Nick HortonNicholas Horton, a Rollins College junior majoring in physics with a minor in chemistry, has been named as a 2008 Barry M. Goldwater Scholar.

Horton is one of 321 Goldwater Scholars selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,035 mathematics, science, and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide.

Among a long list of accomplishments and service activities, Horton is a Cornell Scholar and served as president of Rollins Relief, a student global service organization committed to helping in local and international relief efforts, in 2007. He has been on three relief trips to New Orleans and organized two of them. Horton has also conducted research with Rollins President Lewis Duncan and Thomas Moore, professor of physics, during his time at Rollins. He is currently spending his summer participating in the Student-Faculty Summer Scholarship Program researching a new method for landmine detection using laser technology. Horton plans to earn a Ph.D. in physics and eventually teach at the university level.

“Nick is an amazing student and his interest in physics and his enthusiasm for learning make him a role model for all science majors at Rollins. He truly is an outstanding student," said Jayashree Shivamoggi, director of external and competitive scholarships for Rollins College. "Nick was nominated for the scholarship because of his commitment to basic research, his positive attitude in completing the application process which is quite lengthy, and his stellar academic performance at Rollins.”

Horton believes that the faculty and staff at Rollins College made winning the Goldwater Scholarship possible. “Working with the faculty one on one is very rewarding and something that I wouldn’t have been able to do at a larger university,” Horton said. “Without the research opportunities that are available at Rollins, it would not have been possible for me to win the Goldwater.”

The one- and two-year scholarships cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year. Horton will receive funds for the two remaining years of his undergraduate studies.

The Goldwater Foundation is a federally endowed agency that was established by Public Law 99-661 in 1986. The Scholarship Program honoring Senator Barry M. Goldwater was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering. For more information about the foundation, visit

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