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Scholar Spotlight: Nicole Nantz

By Laura Arnold / March 25, 2024 /

It’s not every day that a basic writing assignment in a 5th grade classroom becomes a defining moment in a child’s life but that’s exactly what occurred for Chatfield Scholar…

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FAFSA 2024: A Shorter, Simpler Process

By Laura Arnold / February 6, 2024 /

For students applying to college in the 2024-2025 school year – the government’s application form for federal student aid recently got a facelift and is now available to the public.…

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Scholar Spotlight: Felicia Lee

By Laura Arnold / January 22, 2024 /

More than two decades after dropping out of school as a teenager, Felicia Lee headed back to the classroom to get her GED. At the age of 40, the mother…

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Serving Cincinnati’s Fast-Growing Hispanic and Latino Population

By Carol / September 5, 2023 /

Ohio’s Hispanic and Latino population has grown by 63.4% since 2000, according to the Greater Cincinnati Latino Coalition, and in Cincinnati, this population is young, with almost half under the…

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Student Story – Pamala Hurley

By Carol / April 20, 2023 /

Pamala Hurley is not your typical college student. She graduated from high school in 1964 and decided to return to school at age 71 or 72 after her husband passed…

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Everyone Needs a Cheerleader – National Volunteer Month

By Carol / March 31, 2023 /

Back in January, a picture of the ecstatic actress Jamie Lee Curtis celebrating her co-star Michelle Yeoh’s win for Best Actress at this year’s Golden Globes went viral for all…

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Three common barriers that derail postsecondary education dreams

By Carol / March 4, 2023 /

We talk a lot about barriers to postsecondary education at The Chatfield Edge. That’s because we’ve experienced the impact of these barriers on students first-hand. Before launching The Chatfield Edge,…

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Student Story: Meet Destiny

By Carol / February 7, 2023 /

The Chatfield Edge helps break down barriers preventing first-generation and underserved students from pursuing post-secondary education, whether college studies, technical, or skilled trades. Finances are often a barrier to attaining…

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Honoring the Past, Looking Toward the Future

By Carol / February 2, 2023 /

Former students, past presidents, family, and friends gathered underneath the soaring wood-carved ceilings of Sacred Heart Chapel in St. Martin, Ohio, on Sunday, January 29, to honor the people and…

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Scholar Spotlight: Nicole Nantz

It’s not every day that a basic writing assignment in a 5th grade classroom becomes a defining moment in a child’s life but that’s exactly what occurred for Chatfield Scholar Nicole Nantz. The assignment was simple: write a story. Nicole’s response to that assignment was complex and indicative of her giftedness and future career aspirations.

“The other students just wrote words on white paper, but I remember making a book, complete with a cover and pictures,” she laughed. “As I read it to the class, I was acting it out and giving voices to the characters. When I looked up from the page, I noticed that the other students were focused on what was happening and anticipating what was going to happen next. At that moment, I realized that I wanted to make things and tell stories, so I started down a pathway to figure out ways to tell my stories.”

Nicole described growing up in a working-class family with a mom and an aunt who were first generation college students, “My mom was in college when she had me and I remember being four years-old and watching her graduate from Mississippi Stage with a business degree,” Nicole said.

Later, when her mom decided to pivot to a career in education, Nicole witnessed her mom working hard again to put herself through school. “She’s my inspiration,” Nicole reflected, noting that like her mom she is working two jobs to support herself and pay for college herself.

After high school, Nicole’s path led her to spend a year at the Cincinnati Art Academy and then, in August of 2023, she enrolled in Xavier University’s Digital Innovation, Film, and Television (DIFT) program.

“I love that I am learning about every aspect of filming from pre-production and actual filming through post-production from professors who have experience working in the in the industry,” Nicole said.

Nicole has her sights set on a career in the film industry, possibly in animation, and hopes to work as a story boarder, editor, or producer within five years of graduation. For now, she is determined not to let the pressure of school and rising costs of education get in her way.

In addition to being paired with a Chatfield mentor who will offer guidance and support, Nicole was recently named the Sittenfeld Family Scholar and received the Chemed, Sue Hamann, Bob and Ester Freking, and Helen and Francis McNamara Scholarships from The Chatfield Edge.

“The scholarships make getting my degree more of a possibility. It takes a lot of pressure off my back and has made this semester ten times better,” Nicole commented. In addition to what she earns from working two jobs and other financial aid she receives, Nicole said that the financial support from The Chatfield Edge “fills the gap and allows me to pay for additional college expenses like parking, fees, and extra fees for equipment necessary for my major.”

On April 13, 2024, The Chatfield Edge will gather for its annual “Celebrating Our Scholars” brunch to honor the educational endeavors of students like Nicole and raise money to support them. Learn more about how you can be part of this event or make a financial contribution at

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