Alexa Navas was awarded an International Chancellor’s Scholarship at the perfect time.
Navas, who is from Managua, Nicaragua, calls earning the scholarship a “blessing.”
“I believe this award was a miracle,” she said. “I received the news during a very difficult time, so it was actually the highlight of my year. I’m very happy and infinitely grateful to have received the scholarship.”
Navas was already planning to attend St. Thomas and was checking her e-mail for the forms she needed to complete for her study permit when she saw the message from the university about the scholarship.
“I couldn’t believe it,” she said. “My parents were going to make the effort to partially pay for my education, and the Chancellor’s Scholarship made it a lot more affordable.”
The Chancellor’s Scholarship is awarded to a top-ranking student that has demonstrated leadership qualities, and Navas certainly fits the bill. At her high school graduation she was recognized with several awards for her participation in extracurricular activities, including Operation Smile, Helping Animals Together, Pan-American School Model United Nations, and Student Leaders Academic Debate.
“I’m really looking forward to participating in the clubs and societies at STU like I did in high school,” she said. “I’m also looking forward to meeting people from different places around the world, making new friends, and learning new things.”
Navas plans to major in International Relations and minor in Political Science. She was drawn to the university’s size and unique programs.
“I truly felt St. Thomas was the perfect fit,” she said. “I love the small campus setting where students are the priority and the diversity of the programs caught my attention as well.”
It was important to Navas that she pursue her degree in an environment that allows students to interact with professors—something she believes she’s found at STU.
“This is the perfect place for me to continue to grow personally and academically. I’m thrilled to attend a university where I’ll get to know each one of my professors because I believe a personalized education is the key to success.”