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In order to understand why we’ve decided to begin a scholarship foundation in memory of a great friend, it’s important to understand who Nicholas C. Carter was, and why his life is worth honoring.

Nick was a great friend and a person who had many passions: his family, his friends, his work and serving his country. After graduating high school and working briefly in a local restaurant, Nick made the decision to join the military, following in the footsteps of his Grandfather and Uncle. In 2000, he entered the Army with the specific goal of becoming an Army Ranger. With his usual, exceptional drive and dedication, he achieved his goal, earning top marks from his instructors and peers in the Rangers. Fighting in both Iraq and Afghanistan, Nick showed exemplary valor and bravery, including participating in the rescue of Jessica Lynch in 2003. He honorably finished his military service at the rank of Sergeant in the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.

After Nick’s service in the Army he turned his focus to attending culinary school. He trained in Florence, Italy at the Apicius Culinary School. It was in Italy that Nick honed his culinary skill, which he put to great use as an executive chef, caterer and business owner. Nick also found love in Italy, an American student studying in Italy, Deanna Sinisgalli. From then onward, the two were inseparable, and planned to marry sometime after Deanna finished school in the spring of 2011.

This Foundation, its founding partners, and its endeavors aim to honor this great person. His life, actions and unforgettable character serve as inspirations to us to continue his legacy of generosity and warmth. Thank you for all of your support.

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