Lexington High grad at Clemson wins elite $10K science scholarship

jmonk@thestate.comNovember 18, 2013 

Lexington High gradudate and current Clemson University senior Brenden Roberts won the elite $10K science scholarship.

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— A prestigious $10,000 science scholarship has been awarded to a former Lexington High School student, now a senior at Clemson University.

The scholarship, from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, was presented to Brenden Roberts on Nov. 14 at halftime during the Clemson-Georgia Tech game by American space shuttle astronaut Frank Culbertson.

Roberts, 22, from West Columbia, is pursuing dual degrees in physics and math and a minor in computer science. His hobbies include boating, backpacking and playing the guitar.

Roberts’ father, Columbia attorney Carl Roberts, attributes his son’s academic success to “a lifelong love of learning” nurtured by their mother, Zana Roberts, who read daily “from good books” to Brenden and his brother, Grey.

As an undergrad, Brenden Roberts has conducted upper-atmosphere research using rockets for data collection and has written programs to analyze the middle to upper regions of the atmosphere. He plans to pursue a Ph.D. in the physics or atmospheric studies, or perhaps quantum computing.

The Astronaut Scholarship is the largest merit-based monetary award given in the U.S. to science, technology, engineering and math students. The foundation gave out 28 this year.

The award is funded by more than 100 former American astronauts.

Reach Monk at (803) 771-8344

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