The Richmond Register

Education

June 7, 2014

Cole Milde named National Merit finalist

RICHMOND — In May, home-schooled student Cole Milde, 18, was named a finalist in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship program.

Milde was one of four Madison County students out of 8,000 recipients to be awarded one of thee types of scholarships: a $2,500 single-payment scholarship through NMSC for which every finalist competes; and corporate- or college-sponsored awards that may either be renewable for four years of undergraduate study or one-time rewards.

(The other three are Model Laboratory School students who were featured in the May 8 edition of the Richmond Register).

Milde’s award was sponsored by Emory University, a private research institution in Atlanta. His scholarship will cover the majority of his expenses, he said.

When the Register interviewed Milde in October, when he was named a semifinalist, he expressed interest in attending college close to home. But, the “difficult decision” to attend Emory better aligned with his goals, he said this week.

“I have lots of connections to this community. My parents are here. It would have been a lot easier (to go to college near home),” Milde said. “But in pursuing what I want to do, a larger university in a bigger city is the environment that is the best choice in the long run.”

Milde is interested in study either behavioral neuroscience or engineering, but either way, he wants to go into a field “that really helps people.”

If he becomes an engineer, he wants to design prosthetic limbs and other medical equipment to aide in mobility, he said.

If he pursues behavioral science and eventually psychology, he wants to research mental illness and find out what causes it.

“Mental illness is a huge affliction in our country,” he added.

Milde attended Model Laboratory School from kindergarten through third grade, he said, “But I decided to home school so that I could have more freedom in my schedule.”

During his freshman and sophomore years, he coupled homeschooling with Stanford University’s Online High School. During his junior and senior years, Milde mostly took classes from Eastern Kentucky University.

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