Nikkie, a senior at Methodist Children’s Home (MCH), received a $3,500 “No Boundaries” scholarship from the Greater Waco Chamber. Nikkie attends the University of Texas—University Charter School on the MCH Waco campus and is the first MCH resident to receive the scholarship.
The scholarship is sponsored by the Leadership, Education and Development (LEAD) program at the Waco Chamber. The program pairs high school students with individuals in the community to foster mentoring relationships that educate and expose students to various business fields in the Waco area. MCH has partnered with LEAD for three years.
Rachel Martinez, director of leadership and development for the Waco Chamber, presented Nikkie with her award check along with balloons and cookies. Trey Oakley, MCH president and CEO, and Lindsey Breunig, Nikkie’s LEAD mentor, were on hand to offer congratulations.
“Nikkie has been at MCH since 8th grade and is a wonderful example of our vision to empower all we serve to experience life to the fullest,” Oakley said. “She works hard, serves as an example to her peers and participates in many extracurricular activities at MCH such as choir, cheer and theater. We are proud of her growth and accomplishments.”
Breunig, who works as an extension agent for Better Living for Texans with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, served as Nikkie’s mentor for three years.
“I remember noticing her sophomore year that Nikkie had a drive to accomplish all she could,” Breunig said. “Now in her senior year I have seen this go-getter turn her experiences into passions and her passions into plans for her future. I know her experiences in LEAD and at MCH are setting her up for continued success.”
Nikkie will attend McLennan Community College in the fall and aspires to be a social worker.