From Harm to Home Scholarship
Despite being a new arrival to West Texas in 1995, Dr. Angela Nicolini credits being embraced with open arms by the people of Abilene for the fact that her optometry practice thrived beyond measure. For 16 years she provided eye care for patients in and around Taylor County, before retiring from optometry and pursuing a path in teaching. She became an adjunct professor of Biology at Hardin Simmons University in 2012, and has enjoyed her second career immensely. To Dr. Nicolini, education is the key to making sure you are on the correct path to success.
Dr. Nicolini has served on numerous boards and committees during her time in Abilene. Her volunteer work for the International Rescue Committee puts her in contact with people from all over the world who have also adopted Abilene, Texas as their home.
In 2014, Dr. Nicolini decided she wanted to offer assistance to the refugees whom she observed to be working diligently to build a better life in her adopted city. She is thrilled to be the founder of the ‘From Harm to Home Scholarship’ that will benefit refugees who have escaped persecution and strife in their own homelands. She hopes that the funds they receive will, in some small way, take some of the burden off their shoulders as they further their education at a local school of higher education. And she hopes that they have found Abilene to be the embracing and nurturing home that she has grown to love and call her own.