Local student awarded prestigious scholarship

Nicholas Reiners
Nicholas Reiners

Nicholas Reiners of Cambridge is the 2013 recipient of the Lilly Lorénzen Scholarship for study in Sweden.

The scholarship was established in 1980 by friends and relatives of Lorénzen. The late Swedish instructor also wrote the book, “Of Swedish Ways.”

Reiners will study both Swedish and Biology at Uppsala University during the 2013 fall semester. He is a junior at Gustavus Adolphus College with a double major in Scandinavian Studies and Biology. His studies are inspired from both sides of his family.

He chose Gustavus because of its well-known and respected science program, since he wanted to follow in his farfars (grandfather on his father’s side) footsteps to become a doctor.

By the second semester of his freshman year, his interest in studying Swedish skyrocketed, so he began to take Swedish classes and embrace the Swedish heritage of his morfars (grandmother on his mother’s side) side of the family.

In addition, Reiners was also awarded the 2013 Nobel School for Young Scientists Scholarship, and attended the Nobel Museum School this past summer in Karlskoga, Sweden.

“I was delighted to hear that my application to this program was accepted, as I believe that it will be the first stepping-stone in a lifelong connection to Sweden,” Reiners said.

Reiners plans to spend a “gap-year” living and working in Sweden before attending medical school.