Prestigious universities in the USA raced to recruit a Romanian brilliant student from Constanta. Harvard and Columbia universities offered Costin Dobrin scholarships of USD 70,000 per year. The Romanian student eventually opted for Columbia University where he will study Earth sciences as of this autumn, Business Magazin reported.
Costin, who studied at Mircea cel Batran National College in Constanta, applied for five universities and he chose Columbia in the end.
He was accepted at Harvard, too with a USD 70,000 scholarship a year, but Columbia awarded him an exceptional distinction that will bring him another USD 10,000.
“I heard I had been named Science Research Fellow. Only 10 students receive this award every year, the best students in sciences. The most important thing is that the university will finance my research also during the summer vacation,” Costin Dobrin said.
“I saw the labs and facilities and all that means research in the Columbia campus. It’s exactly what I’ve wanted,” he added.
Costin Dobrin won the gold medal at the International Geography Olympiad last year. He graduated high school with the perfect score, 10.
Unfortunately, the boy experienced a great tragedy this year, when he lost his mother to cancer. She was a prestigious physics teacher at the same college where he son studied.