Because of his outstanding achievements in math and science, El Modena High School graduate Nick-Anthony Buford was among six Orange County students selected as this year's National Science Scholars.
"It means a lot to me because I've always worked very hard to find a way to pay for college without putting the burden of going to Harvard University on my parents," said Buford, who graduated as valedictorian of his class Thursday with an overall grade-point average of 5.02.
Buford, 18, of Orange, has received other scholarships and plans to attend Harvard in the fall to study computer science.
Nationwide there were 861 students selected as National Science Scholars. The students were recommended to President Clinton by Education Secretary Richard W. Riley and National Science Foundation acting director Frederick M. Bernthal.
Each student will receive a $1,750 scholarship for the 1993-94 academic year.
"This valuable program rewards students by recognizing their achievements in the fields of mathematics and science," Riley said in a prepared statement. "Scholarship in all fields is to be valued, but in the sciences it is critical that we encourage and acknowledge academic accomplishment as we work toward the national education goal of being first in the world in those critical fields."