Student Receives Prestigious Scholarship

  • Published Thursday, July 31, 2014

Published July 31, 2014

RENTON, Wash.  – Nicklaus Madison, a student at Renton Technical College, has been named the 2014 New Century Scholar for Washington State.  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 money.

New Century Scholars are the highest scoring students in each state.  Madison was selected to receive this scholarship based on the score that he earned in the All-USA Community College Academic Team competition, for which 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,” said Madison. “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.

“We are very proud of our RTC Computer Science student, Nicklaus Madison, and of his achievements as a Vice Presidential Honors student with a 4.0 GPA, a peer mentor, a selfless student leader, and now as the top scoring student from Washington state and newly named 2014 COCA-COLA New Century Scholar,” said Dr. Rebecca Kenney, Vice President of Instruction at Renton Technical College.

The New Century Scholars program and All-USA Community College Academic Team, which is presented by USA TODAY and Phi Theta Kappa, share a common application and together recognize outstanding community college students. Students were nominated from more than 900 community colleges for recognition. Judges consider grades, leadership, activities and most importantly, how students extend their intellectual talents beyond the classroom.

The New Century Scholars Program is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Foundation, Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, Phi Theta Kappa, and the American Association of Community Colleges.  Phi Theta Kappa is recognized as the official honor society for community colleges by the American Association of Community Colleges. RTC plans to charter a Phi Theta Kappa chapter this spring.

Renton Technical College was recently identified as one of the top 150 community colleges in the country, by the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program. The College was granted accreditation status from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities in 1978.  Renton Technical College prepares a diverse student population for work, fulfilling the employment needs of individuals, business and industry.


Direct all media inquiries to:

Kendra Smith
Renton Technical College
Phone:  425-235-2356