Harold A. and Mary E. Nicholas Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Type: Endowed

Donor: Estate of Harold A. and Mary E. Nicholas

Established: 2013

This scholarship was created by an estate gift from Mr. and Mrs. Harold Nicholas. Harold was born in 1921 in Mount Ida, Arkansas. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1941 to 1945 and received the Navy Unit Commendation Award for outstanding heroism while serving on the USS Salt Lake City. He later retired from Getty Oil after 30 years of service. Mary E. Nicholas was born in 1924 in Mesquite, TX. Her family members were migrant farm workers who worked in Texas, Oklahoma and California. Mary was the oldest of 7 children and helped raise her younger siblings after her mother’s death.

Harold and Mary were married on July 15, 1948 and made their home in CA until 1999 when they moved to Arkansas for retirement. Mary was a devoted homemaker and helpmate to Harold, and was the love of his life. He often referred to her as "my beautiful bride." The Nicholas’ were active members of Southside Freewill Baptist Church. The character of Christ – love, honesty, integrity, diligence, kindness and servitude – was always evident in their day-to-day lives. They lived joyfully together for 61 years, and enjoyed traveling, hunting, fishing, camping and playing dominoes.

Neither Harold nor Mary attended college. In fact, Mary did not attend school as a child. As an adult, she enrolled in a few educational classes, studied and practiced on her own until she could read and write fluently. Helping others achieve an education was very important to Harold and Mary, and this is the primary reason they created this memorial scholarship.