RENO, Nev. (PRNewswire, MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- Twenty students were recently named 2014 Davidson Fellows and will receive $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 scholarships for their achievements.
The Class of 2014 includes eight students from California, two siblings of past Davidson Fellows, a young woman whose project was inspired by her own experience with a rare pediatric liver cancer, as well as a young man who created a high efficiency extraction method of oil from the algae that makes algae biodiesel production an economic viability.
The Davidson Fellows program offers college scholarships to students 18 or younger --these students have created significant projects with potential to benefit society in the fields of science, technology, mathematics, literature, music and philosophy.
The Davidson Fellows scholarship program says they have provided more than $5.8 million in scholarship funds to 246 Fellows since its inception in 2001, and have been named one of the most prestigious undergraduate scholarships by U.S. News & World Report. The Davidson Fellows scholarship is a program of the Davidson Institute for Talent Development, a national nonprofit organization headquartered in Reno, Nev. that supports gifted youth.
"The Davidson Institute is built on the belief that individuals, who have extraordinary intelligence and talents, when encouraged and supported, can improve the quality of life for us all," said Bob Davidson, co-founder of the Davidson Institute. "We are delighted to recognize this group of resourceful and distinguished young people for their fascinating projects - projects that have the potential to benefit society."