Nichole Fazio-Veigel is the Director of National Scholarships and Fellowships at The College, University of Chicago. She was appointed to the executive leadership team of The College to build the first fully-staffed center dedicated to supporting undergraduates through nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships. She is currently completing her doctorate in the History of Art at the University of Oxford; her work focuses on 19th-century fine-art photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. Previous to her appointment at the University of Chicago, Nichole was the Director of the Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships at the University of Tennessee (UT) and began her career in fellowship and scholarship advising at the University of Washington (UW) as the Assistant Director for the Undergraduate Scholarship Office and Undergraduate Research Program. In addition to supporting national fellowship candidates, she coordinated the annual UW Undergraduate Research Symposium. She also helped to create and coordinate the first UW Summer Institute in the Arts and Humanities, a collaboration with the Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities, now in its thirteenth year. Nichole then worked as the senior coordinator for the Oxford Summer Programme (UK) and continued to serve as a fellowships and scholarships advisor to Oxford-based honors students. She is the co-author of 'The Best Scholarships for the Best Students' with Dr. Jason Morris and Donald Asher (Peterson’s Publishing, 2010) and anticipates a second publication on fellowship advising in 2016. She teaches courses on preparing for nationally competitive fellowship opportunities, as well as in her academic discipline, including seminars on the Pre-Raphaelites, 19th-century British photography, and 19th-century visual and material culture, which she anticipates teaching at the University of Chicago. In 2014, she was awarded a Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising (UT).
Nichole's rediscovery of her Italian heritage happened, in part, through her study of Renaissance art and the Italian language. Her family hails from Puglia and she has traveled extensively through the region but she maintains a great love for all of southern Italy and, especially, Sicily.