February 2012 Scholarship Winner: Nicholas Cobb
Social entrepreneur. Founder of Comfort and Joy.
Eagle Scout. One of the youngest Eagles in his troop.
Academic star. Straight A student and NASA intern.
Meet Nicholas Cobb.
A high school sophomore from Texas, Nicholas embodies the all-around high school student through his tremendous accomplishments in community service, academics, and other achievements, and the Discus Awards is proud to recognize Nicholas for his excellence in and outside the classroom.
Nicholas is the winner of the February 2012 National All-Around Student Scholarship, a scholarship for high school students presented to one select Discus Award winner every month of the academic year. From among thousands of Discus Award winners and accomplishments in 10 attribute categories, a panel of judges has chosen Nicholas as the recipient of the $2,000 college scholarship.
The Discus Awards, a high school recognition and scholarship program honoring students who excel in and out of the classroom, looks beyond grades, test scores, and win-loss records and recognizes students for their multi-dimensional talents and passions.
Nicholas has raised nearly $25,000 to provide coats for families through his Eagle Scout project Comfort and Joy, and the Discus Awards is proud to shine the spotlight on him.
|“As my Eagle Scout project I started Comfort and Joy. So far, I raised $23,580 dollars to provide coats to 385 families at 3 locations. I gave $5000 to CITY House to start a healthy garden because the children there have not had healthy food. Over 150 volunteers worked with us and I personally logged over 400 hours of community service.”
Nicholas began his service work helping the homeless when he was just 4 years old. He has received tremendous recognition for his service work such as the Youth in Philanthropy Award, the TCU Young Entrepreneur Award. and Prudential Service Award for three years. Additionally, his project was selected from an applicant pool of 2,000 as a national award winner from USA Today Magazines Make a Difference Day.
|“I am an Eagle Scout, the highest rank that can be earned in addition to holding the Bronze Eagle Award. I am also a member of the Order of the Arrow (the Boy Scout Honor Society). I hold the God and Country Award and I am also Patrol Leader.”
Before becoming one of the youngest Eagle Scouts in his troop, Nicholas held other positions within the Scouts such as Den Chief to a Cub Scout pack and troop librarian. In addition to his experience with Boy Scouts, Nicholas is a Student Council member, volunteer at his local library, and even served as a Page for Texas Senator Florence Shapiro.
|“I am currently enrolled in all Pre-AP classes and I am a straight A student. I am an intern with NASA. I was an officer in the National Junior Honor society was just invited to the National Honor society.”
As part of the Duke Talent Identification Program, Nicholas took the PSAT in 7th Grade and was recognized as one of the highest scorers in the state. However, beyond his test scores, Nicholas received the 2009 Principal's Award, which goes to the "student of the year". He has also won awards at science fairs, placed 1st on UIL academic teams two years in a row, and was named a President George Bush Academic Achievement Award winner for scoring straight A's six years in a row. He has also been in the honor choir for 5 years and was a TMSA "all-region" Tenor 2.