He Strives to Be a Leader. Meet Fisk Sophomore and Hercules Scholar, Nicholas Whiteside


GPA: 3.97
Hometown: Memphis, Tennessee
Major: Accounting
Classification: Sophomore
Career goal: to become a certified public accountant and start a non-profit organization

Congratulations to today’s Hercules Scholar, Nicholas Whiteside from Fisk University. Nicholas is the winner of a $1,500 scholarship. Read more about Nicholas, in his words, below.

I am from Memphis, Tennessee and am the youngest of three. I attended Hillcrest High School and graduated Valedictorian in 2017. Currently, I am a sophomore accounting major at Fisk University with a 3.97 GPA. I serve as Student Government Association Business Manager and participate in numerous offices on campus. Additionally, I am a W.E.B. Du Bios Honors Student and a Presidential Scholar.

During my first year of college, I participated in community service at every level. I mentored young men from my high school, served my university as Freshman Class President, and worked in the surrounding community with Nashville Restore Project. These projects have helped me enhance my leadership and personal skills.
My short-term goal is to earn my CPA. I want to be a catalyst to financial literacy and economic growth, helping minority communities prosper. My life time goal is to create a non-profit that gives back knowledge and support to families in low-income communities. I plan to do this by educating families on the best practices for financial security and providing mentor services to wayward children.

I believe I didn’t choose Fisk; Fisk chose me! It’s not the type of choice that comes from social accolades and academic success, but a choice that comes from the spirit of the university calling greatness to her alter. The culture and support at Fisk aligned with my values and created a space that felt like home.

A quote I live by is, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi.

My motto is: Be a leader and a friend. I am excited to see what the future will hold.

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Cherie S. White
Cherie S. White
Cherie S. White is Director of Digital Strategy for the Tom Joyner Foundation, a writer and editor.

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