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Scholarship endowment created in honor of Nicholas

Texas Woman’s University proudly announces the creation of the Dr. Richard Nicholas Memorial Scholarship Endowment. 

This memorial endowment was funded through a generous lead gift by TWU alumna Amber Garrison Duncan, ’98, and her husband John, and other donations made by family and friends.

The Dr. Richard Nicholas Memorial Scholarship Endowment will award a scholarship each year to a qualified TWU undergraduate student who demonstrates financial need; is classified as a junior or senior; and has exhibited on-campus leadership qualities while at TWU or a previous institution. 

This endowed scholarship honors the legacy of Nicholas, who devoted his career to students’ well-being and his passion for increasing student retention and degree completion rates. He served as vice president for student life at Texas Woman's University for 18 years, and was considered a leader in the field of student affairs.  

Nicholas was a mentor to many, which is evidenced by the number of alumni who have gone on to work in the field of student affairs. In fact, Nicholas often would say his most treasured moments at TWU included his time spent serving students. He made many improvements to the university during his tenure, most notably a new Fitness and Recreation Center, the opening of Lowry Woods, and the introduction of the Terry Scholars program. 

Nicholas is remembered fondly by his former colleagues within higher education, and this endowment will help ensure his legacy at TWU lives on as well.