Cory Nichols of OHS State Nominee for Presidential Scholar Award

cory nichols with school officials

New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia announced that Cory Nichols, an Oceanside High School senior, has been selected as the New York State nominee in the Presidential Scholars program. Cory was nominated by Senator Todd Kaminsky.

“I could not have been prouder to nominate Oceanside High School’s Cory Nichols and I am even more thrilled that Commissioner Elia has selected him to be part of the Presidential Scholars Program,” said Senator Kaminsky. “He is a leader in and out of the classroom and sets a strong example for his peers. His wealth of accomplishments are proof that hard work and passion for one’s community can make a difference at any age.”

cory nichols with senator kaminsky
Cory excels academically while also making time to serve the community. After being exposed to the existence of hunger and unemployment on Long Island, Cory founded “‘C the Difference: Cory Cares,” as his Bar Mitzvah project in 2012, with the goal of raising enough money to keep local Long Island food pantries stocked for a year. As the year went on, Cory’s non-profit organization continued to receive funds and Cory continued to shop for pantries, recruiting friends and family to lend a hand. Since 2012, C The Difference: Cory Cares has maintained its mission and Cory has stated that he hopes to keep it going through his college years.


“Cory is a wonderful, bright young man with a limitless future. We are so proud of him and all he has accomplished, not only in his academics but in his campaign to end hunger on Long Island,” said Geraldine DeCarlo, Oceanside High School Principal.

The Presidential Scholars Program, established in 1964, recognizes the nation’s most distinguished graduating seniors on the basis of outstanding scholarship. Students are nominated by their state for consideration into the Program. Students who choose to apply to the program will be considered to move on in the selection process, and the Commission on Presidential Scholars will then select the 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars. Scholars will receive an all expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to attend a ceremony in their honor.

The state education department’s press release can be found here:

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