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Nicole Kaplan, AB'92

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Nicole Kaplan (AB’92)

Nicole Kaplan (AB’92) was training to compete in gymnastics at the 1988 Seoul Olympics when an injury cut short her athletics career. Though college admission deadlines were long past, Washington University accepted her and offered her a much needed scholarship.

“Receiving a scholarship to go to Wash U changed my life,” says Kaplan, who received the 2013 Arts & Sciences Early Career Achievement Award. “My Olympic dream was over, and I needed something meaningful to take its place. Wash U and Arts & Sciences allowed me to take the time to figure out where I could go next—with vital help from brilliant professors, friends I keep in touch with to this day, and the generous family that donated the funds for my scholarship.”

Today, Kaplan shares with students the opportunity for an exceptional education by supporting scholarships at Washington University. It’s important, she explains, to give back when one has received so much. “My Wash U experience was transformative,” she explains, “and it’s been key to my current success.”


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