Holley Nichols is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development at North Carolina State University and works as a research associate with the Belk Center. She has over a dozen years of experience in scholarships, financial aid, and admissions at UNC-Chapel Hill and NC State University. She has served on college access committees with The College Board and presented at state and national professional enrollment leadership conferences. Her research interests include rural and first-generation student populations, and education models that blend secondary and post-secondary curricula. Holley earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Spanish from UNC-Chapel Hill and earned a Masters of Education in Higher Education from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. Prior to her career in higher education, she was a beekeeper with the Peace Corps in Paraguay.