North Georgia Technical College Automotive Technology student Jason Nichols, of Carnesville, was recently awarded the 2018 Phoenix Patriot Foundation’s Veterans Scholarship for the state of Georgia, totaling $1,000. Requirements for the scholarship included being a Veteran and writing an essay about future plans after college.
Former Sargent Nichols served six years in the United States Army out of Fort Carson Colorado fourth infantry division where he deployed twice to Iraq and Afghanistan. He said he was floored when he opened the letter that he had received the scholarship and couldn’t believe he had been chosen to receive the award.
“When I got out of the Army I didn’t know what I was going to do, and I wasn’t adjusting very well,” said Nichols. “I started contacting schools where I could use my GI Bill and ended up at NGTC. I really found school was the best therapy because I met other Veterans going through the same things as me, and the faculty and staff have gone above and beyond to honestly help save my life.”
Nichols is a GOAL finalist, NGTC Student Government Association President and has started a Veterans club on campus to network with other Veterans to help identify those who may need help academically and personally.
“In the Army you get assigned a battle buddy, which is a person that is always accountable for you and makes sure you are ok, and we have adopted that system in the club. By having these meetings, it gives Veterans a safe place to relax, get to know each other a bit more and talk about issues that really only Veterans face,” said Nichols.
After graduating this summer, Nichols and his wife hope to open an Army surplus store to help Veterans in the community.
For more information on programs or Foundation assistance at North Georgia Technical College, call 706-754-7700 or visit www.northgatech.edu.