The Dr. John Nikol Award for Excellence in Social Studies

Join Us in Honoring Dr. Nikol

Dr. John Nikol was a dedicated and beloved social studies teacher at Stuyvesant High School from 1986-2007. He had a PhD in European history and taught for many years at both Fordham Prep and Stuyvesant High School. Teaching was his passion and he engaged students in a way that few educators could. Dr. Nikol started the first experimental 10th grade AP European History class at Stuyvesant with success and wrote countless college recommendations for students. While at Stuyvesant, he also served as faculty advisor for The Standard. He passed away in 2022 after a three year battle with Parkinson's and Lewy Body Dementia.

It is the hope of the family of Dr. Nikol for this award to go to a graduating senior who will be able to utilize it in pursuit of post-secondary educational opportunities in the area of Education or History.

SHSAA is partnering with LifeWeb 360 to celebrate our fellow Stuy community members that have passed away by sharing stories, photos, and videos honoring them and the impact they’ve had on Our Strong Band. To share or view memorials for Dr. John Nikol, please visit:

To read a lovely tribute to Dr. Nikol by former student Natalie Lui Duncan '93, please visit our news post here.

Ways to Give

The Stuyvesant High School Alumni Association (SHSAA) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. You can donate directly via our website below. If you would prefer to send a check, please make it payable to “Stuyvesant HS Alumni Association,” note the "Dr. Nikol Fund" in the memo line, and mail it to:

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P.O. Box 3531
New York, NY 10008

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