Her goal is to one day work for Abigail Kirsh
, a catering company in the greater New York metropolitan area who awarded her a $2,000 scholarship. In order to get there Nicole knew she wanted to go to the Culinary Institute of America (CIA)
in Hyde Park, NY. “I really wanted to go to CIA but it’s a very expensive school,” said Nicole. “The more money I could get, the better the chance I had of actually going.”
Applying for three scholarships a week while going to school and working a part time job left Nicole a very busy high school senior but also someone who’s parents were still helping pay down her older sister’s college bill. Nicole knew in order to attend the school of her choice, she was going to have to figure out a way to help pay for it, so she took to Fastweb
. A year ago Nicole joined the site after seeing signs posted on her school’s bulletin board encouraging students to visit Fastweb
and fill out an online profile.
“My school really tries to push kids to apply for scholarships,” said Nicole who began applying for scholarships during the little free time she had before work and in between classes.
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Nicole also put scholarship deadlines of scholarships she was interested in applying to into her phone, when her phone alerted her of an upcoming deadline Nicole got to work cranking out the application. She aimed to have all applications in at least one week before their required deadline but admitted she pushed it until the last minute on one or two occasions.
The two big scholarships Nicole scored from Fastweb
include the afore mentioned $2,000 scholarship from Abigail Kirsh
and the Westchester County’s Women’s Hall of Fame
and a $5,000 three time renewable scholarship from Verizon
, as long as she maintains a 2.0 GPA or higher. Nicole also received two more scholarships with the help of her school guidance counselor and CIA
, the school she will be attending, bringing the total of her scholarships to $19,000 as well as a $2,000 per semester work study award. At the time of the interview Nicole was waiting to hear back from more scholarships she had applied to.
When writing her required scholarship application essays, Nicole used her Godfather as her inspiration to answer the essay question “Who in your life do you consider a leader?” He also inspired her in her career choice as the two loved to cook together.
Her best scholarship winning advice? “Apply even if you think you’re not going to get it,” said Nicole. “The worst thing that could happen is you don’t get it.”
Nicole will be attending CIA
where she will study pastry and baking.
Read more about Fastweb scholarship winners here