Presented each year at Homecoming, this award recognizes a young alumna/us for significant achievement and contribution within her/his chosen field and community. Eligible nominees should reflect positively on Colby-Sawyer while providing an example of leadership and inspiration to young alumni. Alumni of the last 15 years are eligible for this award.
Nick Ciarlante ’14 has given so much to the college, both as a student and an alumnus. While pursuing his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and a minor in political studies, Nick dedicated much of his free time to the school by being very involved in many areas of campus life. Nick served as a senator and then three terms as president of the Student Government Association. He also served as vice president and then three terms as president of the Class of 2014, and vice president of Enactus. He also was a student ambassador in the Admissions Department, an enrollment management intern, a communications specialist for Campus Safety, and an orientation leader. Additionally, he was spotted raising and lowering the American flag outside of Colgate Hall every day.
After leaving Colby-Sawyer, Nick moved to Washington, D.C., to attend George Washington University, where he earned a master’s degree in professional studies. After matriculating at George Washington University, Nick completed an internship on Capitol Hill and went on to accept a full-time position with the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence as a staff assistant in 2015. He was named chief clerk in 2016 and executive director in 2018. In January 2019, Nick was promoted to budget director & investigations coordinator, where he works with committee members to oversee an $86 billion intelligence budget. Outside of work, Nick is a member of Hill Helpers, a group of young professionals focused on volunteerism and serving the Washington, D.C. community. He enjoys visiting the historical sights of our nation’s capital. He is an avid Boston sports fan and enjoys catching an occasional ballgame at Nationals Park.
As an alum, Nick continues to spend much of his time being a full-time advocate for Colby-Sawyer. He was asked to join the Board of Trustees in 2019. He serves as one of the two Winton Black Trustees, which are reserved for alumni 3-9 out from graduation. Nick says, “One of my favorite things about serving on the Board is that I get to work with such a talented group of people who all deeply care about CSC. Additionally, I enjoy serving on the Board because it’s just one of the ways that I can give back to the college.”
Nick is a very loyal donor to the college, and most importantly he always lends a hand in encouraging other alumni to stay involved and give back to the college. For example, to help the college increase young alumni giving, Nick has repeatedly donated Red Sox tickets for the college to raffle off as an incentive. In 2018 Nick hosted a very special event for the college, offering alumni from the D.C. area a private, after-hours tour of the United States Capital building followed by a wonderful reception. Most recently, Nick became the youngest member of the college’s Heritage Society by making provisions for Colby-Sawyer in his estate plans. He says, “My decision to include CSC in my estate planning was an easy decision. My four years at Colby-Sawyer prepared me not only for graduate school, but for both my professional and social life. By including Colby-Sawyer in my estate planning, I am ensuring that the future generation of students have the same experience, if not better, as me.”