Local businessman Jerry Nichols has won the prestigious Community Service Award from Northwestern Mutual Financial Network where he serves as a financial representative. Nichols, who is Chair of the Hodges University Foundation Board, is being recognized as outstanding volunteer, and will present a check for $10,000 to Hodges University in recognition and appreciation of his volunteer efforts. It is the fourth time that Nichols has won the Award.
The award will be presented prior to a Hodges University President’s Council meeting on September 19th at 11:30am at the Hodges Naples campus. It is Nichols’ wish that the check be given to the American Military Veterans Education Fund at Hodges, which serves to help returning veterans achieve their higher education goals through scholarships.
“Jerry’s passion for helping individuals and parents who carry life responsibilities is unprecedented,” said Dr. Lou Traina, Vice President of University Advancement at Hodges. “His volunteer leadership as an early member of our President’s Council and charter member of our Foundation Board has been instrumental in every milestone this Institution has made. He consistently contributes the gifts of his time, talent and treasures, and we are honored to call him a friend of the University.”
Since his first introduction to the School in 1996, one of the many success stories that Nichols has been part of is the American Military Veterans Education Fund. He helped raise the initial $1,000,000 of the Fund, an endowment that provides scholarship assistance to veteran students.
As Chair of the Foundation Board, he has led the effort to raise additional endowed funds which provide vital support for additional scholarships, research and development, and capital growth needs.
The Northwestern Mutual Financial Network Community Service Award lends additional financial support to nonprofit organizations already supported by financial representatives within their local communities. These grants recognize the outstanding volunteer contributions, work and leadership that their financial representatives have invested in these nonprofit organizations.