Nicholas Cobb is a young man driven to serve others. The budding philanthropist started Comfort and Joy, a nonprofit that raises money to buy jackets for the homeless in North Texas. A computer science wiz, Cobb, even built the Comfort and Joy website by himself.
Now the 20-year-old altruist is enrolled at the University of Texas at Austin (Go, Longhorns!), majoring in … you guessed it, computer science.
Cobb is a natural-born leader, and at the University of Texas, he is spreading his wings. The college junior is a member of UT’s College of Natural Sciences Council for Diversity Engagement, was featured in Texas Science Magazine (a university publication) and even serves with the University Democrats. He says none of this would have been possible without the love and support of his family.
Every year The Root selects 25 young people, ages 15 to 22, who excel in science, business, the arts, environmental work and social justice. Here is a look at Cobb, a 2015 Young Futurist, and how he's taking on the world.