A 19-year-old Georgetown woman is one of six University of Delaware students awarded a 2013-14 Autism Delaware scholarship to pursue higher education.
Nicole Jones, a 2012 Cape Henlopen High School graduate, received the $1,000 Daniel and Lois Gray Memorial Scholarship through Autism Delaware, which was created specifically for UD students working toward a professional position in the autism community.
Jones is majoring in early childhood education with a focus on special education and plans to graduate in 2016. Jones is involved with Best Buddies and is a team captain for Autism Delaware’s Walk for Autism. After graduation, Jones said she wants to get a job as a special education teacher at the Sussex Consortium in the Cape Henlopen School District.
Q How do you feel about receiving this scholarship?
A I’m happy and thankful they picked me as a candidate.
Q What made you want to become a special education teacher?
A My mom, Donna Smith, has been working at the Sussex Consortium for about 15 years and I’ve always been around kids who have autism. I also did a lot of stuff in high school with special education. It’s so rewarding to see the kids improve. Right now I’m a paraprofessional for preschoolers with autism and seeing them improve makes it all worth it.
Q Who is your hero?
A My mom is my hero. She’s the strongest person I’ve ever known. I can look up to her. I want to be like her when I get older.
Q What are your hobbies?
A Going to the beach, going to the pool, reading and boating.
Q What’s your favorite food?
Q What’s your favorite part about being a UD student?
A Being involved in the clubs, like Autism Speaks, and attending the sports games.