Student Testimonials

Employees Giving Back Campaign: Meet Monica Degollado. 

Monica is studying for an Associate of Arts in Teaching. She hopes to teach History in a local high school after she graduates. She has returned to college after a career in the United States Navy. She served fighting global terrorism in Operation Enduring Freedom. She has a sixteen-year-old son and a twelve-year-old daughter. She tells us, “I have always strived to be a good example to them and now I can not only show them the importance of serving our great nation, but I can show them what an education can do as well.”

She plans on graduating from NLC and transferring to Texas A&M San Antonio for her B.A in History and teaching credential. “This scholarship is such a blessing. I can take more classes and complete my degree sooner. I will have ease of mind knowing that my part-time jobs will not be the only thing sustaining my family as I pursue this dream of mine. Having financial security takes a large burden off of my shoulders, leaving me more time to study and continue to maintain my grades.” 

If you would like to help students such as Monica, please consider a gift or pledge to NLC scholarships through this year’s NLC Employees Giving Back Campaign. You may also support NLC programs through the Nighthawk Pride Fund or through a contribution to the Nighthawk’s Nest Advocacy Center.


“The financial assistance you provided will be of great help to me in paying my educational expenses, and it will allow me to concentrate more of my time for studying. Your generosity and support has inspired me to continue to work hard for my education and future success.” 

“the advocacy program really helped me get back on my feet in school, by helping with supplies and such making my financial strain slightly less in certain areas.”  “This is a great program and … I know it's going to help a lot of people.”

“I was going to drop my classes and not return, but with the help of the Advocacy Center, including the food pantry, I am going to remain a student with NLC. “