Hometown: Lake Worth

University: University of Central Florida Class of '26

Major: Construction Engineering

Scholarships: The Weitz Company Scholarship and the Christopher N. Coppola Scholarship

The towering skyscrapers of New York City have mesmerized people from all over the world, and it was no different for Nicholas Esteva. After a visit to the Big Apple and a lifetime of marveling at bold and unique buildings in movies, Nick knew he was born to create grand spectacles himself.

As a recipient of both The Weitz Company Scholarship and the Christopher N. Coppola Scholarship through the Community Foundation, Esteva dreams of designing some of the world’s largest and most iconic buildings. The scholarships ensure he’ll be able to stay completely focused on his studies.

“My mom was crying when she learned about these scholarships,” Esteva said. “It was a really big relief, and I can’t say thank you enough.”

He plans to learn all he can from the University of Central Florida and his internship with The Weitz Construction Company, as well as from some of the industry’s most innovative minds. A chance encounter with Dr. Piotr Blass, who is currently working to create Florida homes that can better stand up to tornadoes and hurricanes, inspired Esteva to think bigger. Whether it’s creating the world’s tallest building or a structure the world has never seen, his dreams are sky-high thanks to philanthropy.