Alexander Cain of Andover, a freshman at Hofstra University in New York, has been awarded the National Italian American Foundation Intel Scholarship.
Cain is majoring in computer science with a minor in finance. In addition to his studies, he works at the Hofstra IT help desk and for a start-up company, El Converge, based in Connecticut, in charge of its website and social media campaign.
A 2013 honors graduate of St. John’s Preparatory School in Danvers, Cain was a member of the school’s National Honor Society, the French Honor Society, Model UN and many other clubs.
At age 15, Cain founded an online tutoring company with the hopes of providing affordable education to students regardless of location. He taught himself nine computer languages to build the corporate website.
He volunteers for Habitat for Humanity and the Greater Boston Food Bank and has done about 250 hours of community service work a year. He is also an Eagle Scout who has been involved in Scouting for 11 years.
In a release, Cain credits scholarships like the one from the National Italian American Foundation with allowing him to attend what was his first choice of colleges. He says he plans to use his education to further his commitment to students across the globe with the growth of his online company.