Nicholas Estupinan is CAA’s $2,500 Grand Prize Scholarship winner for 2017 as part of our senior scholarship survey. The annual survey of our seniors asks them about their experience with the service. Christian said, ““They taught me how to review my work properly” specifically with essays. Nicholas took advantage of that part of our service sending in over 30 admissions and scholarship essays for review! He also credits CAA with helping him prepare for the SAT.


Nicholas will attend Florida Gulf Coast University in the fall. He plans to major in Business Administration and pursue a career in the business field. Nicholas chose this school because of the positive college visit, the convenience of the location, and because of the insight from friends who already attend.


Nicholas is excited about starting at FGCU. There are many unknowns, but he is ready to meet new people. He knows the challenge will be surrounding himself with good people, remembering his goals, and staying true to himself. He would advise younger students to not be distracted and stay focused throughout high school. For him, high school was an important time to become a well-rounded person and try to develop his character. That sounds like great advice for any high school student!


In high school, Nicholas was involved in Key Club and played varsity soccer for three years. He loves to play soccer in his spare time and enjoys being with people. He also has a job at Publix grocery store that takes some of his time as well.


Nicholas will be the first person in his family to attend college! He was born in the United States, but his parents were from Colombia. He has always seen education as an investment in his future. He also told us about his Uncle George and the example he set for him. George is a pastor in Texas and helped to instill family values in Nicholas’ life. Nicholas thanks his uncle for being a positive influence in his life and being a support.


His family is so proud of him for his consistency in his academics. He likes the quote, “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” From CAA’s perspective, this is a student who has talent and works hard to meet his goals. We wish him the best as he begins his college career!