Nikolay was born in Kazakhstan and grew up in Virginia. Nikolay is one of the hardest working, most humble persons I’ve ever met. In school, he took a full college-level course load — and maintained a 4.2 GPA. At night, he worked at a local supermarket to help his family out. As he approached graduation, Nikolay learned that he was ineligible for almost all financial aid and scholarships — except the Esperanza Education Fund. Nikolay is studying Aerospace Engineering at the The University of Alabama.