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The Nick Durkin Scholarship Fund will award scholarships to City Charter High School students participating in the school's International Service Learning Program annual trip to Costa Rica. Students are expected to pay for a portion of the trip costs, and this scholarship is intended to alleviate any financial obstacle a student may have to making this trip.
Students on this trip work hard in the service of those in need in Costa Rica, learn about the Costa Rican government, culture and ecology, and get some fun time in a beautiful setting. They return home with an appreciation for ecology and economy and a deeper understanding of themselves and their role in the world.
Nick participated in this trip when he was a senior at City High. It was one of the most positive and affirming experiences he had in his short life. He returned much more mature, confident, mission-driven and educated about the world. It was clear to him and those who knew him that the trip was transformational, and we are certain that other students who have the chance to take this trip will have the same experience.
Although the circumstances around Nick's death are incredibly sad, he will always be remembered as smart, funny, talented, supportive and giving. This fund will allow Nick to still be present in our lives in the way we remember him.