She briefly describes her experience when she found out she was this year’s recipient:
When I saw the J. Wesley Foundation Scholarship letter in my inbox, my heart started beating really quickly. I hurriedly opened the email’s attachment and learned that I had been selected as the recipient of the college music scholarship. I quickly read the scholarship letter to my parents, and the rest of that day I was in shock. I am so grateful that I have been given a scholarship that will help me pay for music classes in college.
She also shared with us what she is hoping to do with her career:
My life motto is that you must not only shovel out the bad—you must fill life up with good. For me, music is one of the joys of life. It has often been said, “If you get a job that you love, you will never work a day in your life.” I know that teaching choir will be challenging, and I won’t be perfect. But I will be happy. I love to teach because I love to see people understand and improve. I want to be a choir teacher so I can make a difference in my students’ lives. My choir teacher, and my theatre teacher, have helped me learn how to lead, work, serve, and love. Teaching at a high school will allow me to set a good example of hard work for others. I am also excited to become a choir teacher because I want to help others experience the joy music provides. Singing has helped me learn dedication, hard work, and perseverance; I value my voice because I fought for it. I want to inspire others to fight for their dreams. This scholarship will help me pay for college voice lessons to help me achieve my goal of becoming a choir teacher.
We asked Nicole what stood out to her about this whole experience and she said:
The thing that really affected me was listening to Jon Wesley’s musical compositions. I read about Jon and what he had accomplished and I was amazed at his incredible composing talent and his personality. His composition “All That I Can Be” struck me because it was so passionate—music really is one of the best ways to express our feelings. Receiving this scholarship is a huge blessing for me because it will help me pursue my dreams. I am in awe of the love that the J. Wesley Foundation family possesses and gives. I am so grateful for music and for this scholarship. I want to help others in their musical endeavors in the future.
One of our favorite quotes from Nicole:
I have used singing and piano to serve my community in many ways, and I will continue using music to serve and uplift those in need.