Jacob Robinson has double the worries of the average incoming college freshman.

Jacob Robinson has double the worries of the average incoming college freshman.

Not only is the 18-year-old Wellington graduate getting ready to begin college, he is getting ready to begin college at two universities next month.

Robinson is one of 31 national Robertson Scholar recipients and will attend both Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for the next four years.

The Robertson Scholars program was started in 2000 after Julian Robertson, a 1955 graduate of UNC, donated $24-million to foster a partnership between Duke and UNC. He had a son attend each of the schools and saw the possibilities for collaboration, according to the Robertson Scholars website.

The scholarship provides a full ride, including tuition, room and board fees and up to three summers of domestic and international summer volunteer programs and internships, to each of the 31 recipients this year.

The program invites up to 36 students to join the program annually.

Robinson, a Northland area resident, said he is honored to be among the scholars this year.

"It's a blessing and an honor," he said.

When Robinson begins classes next month, he primarily will stay on Duke's campus.

He said he will live in a Duke residence hall and take all Duke classes next semester.

"The real perk of the program is you are allowed to enroll in classes at both universities," he said. "I have student IDs at both universities. For the sake of settling in, I decided just to take classes at Duke."

Though he only will be taking classes at one university next semester, he said he plans to explore UNC.

The scholars program makes it easy for students to do that with a Robertson Scholar bus that travels regularly between the two campuses.

"Within the first couple of weeks, I may go over there and just start walking around UNC," he said. "I really want to be as immersed as possible into UNC."

One requirement of the Robertson program is that students have to make a living switch after their first semester of their sophomore year. Robinson then will live at UNC.

He said he is excited to learn about and take advantage of what both universities have to offer.

"I think it is such a great opportunity that I want to capitalize on both as much as possible."

Robinson said he is grateful to Wellington, and especially his college counselor Stuart Oremus, for helping him with the college process and telling him about the Robertson program.

"She just pushes you to continue to go deeper with the things you already like," he said. "She tells students, 'If you just do what you love, you'll be college-ready.'"

Robinson, who is the second Robertson Scholar from Wellington, said he was unfamiliar with the program before Oremus.

"She really is a professional, and she truly cares," he said. "She individually works with every single Wellington student during the college process."

Robinson applied to 11 schools and was accepted by nine. During high school he served as the student body president, played varsity lacrosse and basketball and began his own service organization. Outside of school, he runs his own DJ company.

He said one great lesson that Wellington taught him, which he said he will carry with him to his colleges, is to pursue his passions.

"I did so much during high school I was voted most likely to be in a Wellington advertisement," he joked. "But as I got older, I pursued the things I wanted to be a part of. I think I truly learned that you can't do everything, and if you do everything, you'll be OK at a lot of things, but if you focus on a few things, you'll be great."