Nick Leifeste Memorial Scholarship Fund
The Nick Leifeste Memorial Scholarship Fund is dedicated to recognizing and supporting graduating seniors from the New Braunfels High School Mighty Unicorn Band.
Nick Leifeste (1981-2017) grew up in New Braunfels and attended NBHS. Nick was a gifted musician, and was a proud member of the New Braunfels High School Mighty Unicorn Band. His father and musical inspiration, Randy Leifeste, also attended NBHS and served as one of the band directors for 12 years. During Nick’s senior year in high school, he was honored as a Texas All-State trumpet player and served as Colonel of the band. Nick attended Texas State University in San Marcos, majoring in music performance, before enlisting in the United States Navy in 2000 as a musician. He served in the Navy Bands at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans, Louisiana, Naval Station Norfolk in the Atlantic Fleet Band in Virginia, and finally served at Naval Station Pearl Harbor in the Pacific Fleet Band in Hawaii. He also served aboard the USNS Mercy in a peacekeeping mission, Partnership for the Americas, which toured the South Pacific, including Australia, Vietnam and Indonesia. Nick was married to Kim Leifeste and had two sons, Ethan and Tristan. Nick and his family lived in Medford, New Jersey.
Nick’s love for and dedication to the NBHS Band was legendary, and his incredible performances as a member of the band remain in the memories of all who knew him. In 1997, with the busses at a standstill a block away on a congested highway, Nick played a solo alma mater to a sold out crowd at Alamo Stadium in San Antonio just before the Regional Final playoff game, the same year Kliff Kingsbury lead the Unicorn football team to the State Semi-Finals. Nick’s solo at the 1998 Bands of America contest in the Alamodome will never be forgotten. He was an incredible musician and person.
Once fully funded, the scholarship will award one scholarship of $500 each year. Through ongoing fundraising efforts to increase the principal balance to the next predetermined amount, additional funds will be generated, and the number of scholarships will be increased.
Once funded, the scholarship will be open to graduating seniors who have been four-year members of the New Braunfels High School Band who:
* Intend to pursue post-secondary education opportunities at a four-year university or a two-year community college;
* Exhibit a love for music and the NBHS band;
* Exhibit dedication and tenacity in striving to reach their goals, musical and other;
* Exhibit the qualities of selflessness and loyalty in their relationships with others.
Tax-deductible donations can be made directly to the Nick Leifeste Memorial Scholarship Fund online HERE, or by contacting the New Braunfels Area Community Foundation at (830) 606-9536. If you prefer to donate by check, please make it payable to the New Braunfels Area Community Foundation (801 W. San Antonio St., New Braunfels, Texas, 78130) and note the fund name, Nick Leifeste Memorial Scholarship, in the memo portion of the check.
There is not a required field of study, but special consideration will be given to those applicants pursuing a degree in music performance or music education.