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Stephen Allsop, biology junior and jazz studies minor at North Carolina Central University, has been awarded the 2009-2010 Barry Goldwater Scholarship for mathematical and scientific excellence.

The award is among the most prestigious in the U.S. given to undergraduates in the sciences.

This year, 278 scholarships were awarded nationally to undergraduate sophomores and juniors in the fields of mathematics, science, engineering and computer disciplines.

“The prestige of the scholarship means I am put in a caliber of students that when I apply for M.D. and Ph.D. programs, it will put me ahead of my competition,” said Allsop, who is also an NCCCU Chancellor’s Scholar.

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