Student Spotlight – Nathaniel Solis

by Stefanie Carruth
Published April 20, 2018

Amarillo College freshman Nathaniel Solis is no stranger to acts of compassion. He has long given freely of his time and energy in support of Meals on Wheels, Faith City Mission, and his church’s annual coat drive.

Nathaniel SorisHe says his charitable involvement has helped him to doubly appreciate his own good fortune. Nathaniel, a 2017 graduate of Caprock High School, is an ACE Scholar and the recipient of three scholarships through the AC Foundation.


“Seeing people’s faces light up when you give them a coat or serve them a meal has been very rewarding for me,” Nathaniel said. “It’s helped me to understand how blessed I truly am myself to receive so much financial support from AC.


“I honestly don’t know how I’d be able to make ends meet without the great generosity of so many people at the College. I probably wouldn’t be at AC without this assistance, and I do not take my scholarships lightly.”


Nathaniel is a first-generation college student who this school year received $1,500 from the Mack and Arla Forrester Fund, and $500 apiece from the Badger Fund and the Regents Excellence Fund.


Even though he attends classes full time and works about 30 hours a week at Walmart, Nathaniel, a business major, managed to produce a Dean’s List worthy 4.0 grade point average last fall.


Nathaniel is on track to graduate from AC in 2019 and plans to transfer to West Texas A&M University and pursue a degree, most probably in accounting.

“Since the time I was a child, I have always had a love for learning and going to school,” he said. “I have always wanted to get a college degree because I know it will pave the way for me to be able to do what I love for the rest of my life, which is serving others.

I am so grateful to the Amarillo College Foundation for helping me make my dreams come true.