Scholarship STUdents 2019

Our scholarship recipients represent different kinds of STUdents—those who excel in the classroom, those who are active in their communities, and those who dedicate themselves to the causes they care about.

We can’t wait to see what they’ll bring to the STU community and how they’ll get involved on campus and in Fredericton!

Meet some of our scholarship STUdents: 

Julia Evans
Grand Bay-Westfield, NB
St. Malachy’s High School
Chancellor’s Scholarship

Julia excels in the classroom and in her community. She's been a member of the Saint John/Rothesay Youth Council and has volunteered with the Sweet Caroline Foundation, Salvation Army, and Secret Saints. As a student at St. Malachy's High School, she participated in musical theatre, varsity field hockey, Student Council, and the UNESECO group. Julia was also one of 10 Canadians selected as a recipient of the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award.  


“STU is a close-knit and diverse community which appeals to my interests. Although small, STU will provide me with numerous opportunities to exercise my potential inside and outside of the classroom,” Julia said.


“Receiving this scholarship demonstrates that the STU community recognizes and values my hard work and dedication to my academics and involvement throughout my high school career.”



Ethan Nylen
Saint John, NB
Harbour View High School Class of 2019
McLaughlin Scholarship 


Ethan is known for his involvement at school and in the community. He was a member of band, orientation committee, the debate team, and the Key Club. He was the president of Best Buddies and committee head for Me to We, and is an established athlete, competing in soccer, rugby, volleyball, and hockey. Ethan is active in his church community as a ministry intern, and has volunteered in the breakfast program and school garden. 


“Receiving a scholarship from St. Thomas University is an amazing honour. It truly is difficult to put into words how grateful I am to have this opportunity. I’m more excited than ever to immerse myself in my studies and to use this overwhelming incentive to work even harder,” Ethan said.


“Of all the amazing things STU has to offer, I’m most excited to start classes. The diversity of the courses offered is going to allow me to grow and challenge myself.”



Minahil Fatima
Punjab, Pakistan
Lahore Grammar School Class of 2019
International Scholarship


Minahil was active in her high school, having participated in Debate Club, science and language competitions, Student Council, Law Society, and the Feminist Book Club. She also volunteered her time in event management and tutoring.


“What attracted me to St. Thomas was the small class sizes that will allow for greater interaction and an enhanced learning experience,” she said.


“The scholarship is an achievement that allows me to acquire an education that would otherwise be impossible. It’s an honor that brings me one step closer to fulfilling my goal of giving back to my community.”



Pablo Serra Costa
Auburn Drive High School Class of 2019
International Scholarship


Pablo got involved in his school and community through Student Council, dinner theatre, cross country, Reach for the Top, and Free the Children. To share his passion for language, Pablo founded the Spanish club at his high school. He was also a volunteer at a local Youth Centre and participated in bottle drives and bake sales to support charitable organizations.


“Receiving this scholarship allows me to completely focus on my academics and extracurricular activities. STU’s help is truly an encouragement to keep pursuing my passions,” Pablo said.


“The university’s emphasis on liberal arts and its multicultural atmosphere will give me the opportunity to experience different cultures and learn from others.”



Alyx Hodson
Stratford, PEI
Charlottetown Rural High School Class of 2019
Leadership Scholarship and Harrison McCain Recipient


Alyx’s interests and talents span across a variety of disciplines and extracurriculars. She's an athlete, competing in field hockey, cross country, rugby, hockey, soccer, and gymnastics. She was also involved in Leadership Committee, Debate Team, Peer Helper, and Youth in Parliament.  She's a volunteer for inclusive education campaigns in her community, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Special Olympics, Camp Triumph, and Blossom House. Alyx was chosen to represent PEI at National WE Day to celebrate action and transformation in communities across Canada.


“STU was one of my top choices. I was looking for a home away from home—somewhere I could get outside my comfort zone yet still feel a sense of belonging and family. I found all of these things at STU,” Alyx said.


“In the fall I’m most looking forward to becoming a part of the STU community and family. I’m also looking forward to using these new opportunities to learn, grow, and explore the world around me.”


Adam McDougall
Calgary, AB
Calgary Academy Class of 2019
Father Martin Scholarship


Adam is a well-rounded student and an elite volleyball player who will be joining the Tommies next season.  He's the captain of his club and varsity teams, an Alberta Provincial all-star, and winner of the Canada Summer Games beach volleyball competition. Adam was a part of Calgary Academy's student council and is a graduate from the Royal Conservatory program. He was also the recipient of the Calgary Academy President's Award for Leadership.


“Receiving a scholarship was incredibly humbling for me. The fact that others have recognized my hard work, and rewarded it in such a generous manner makes me extremely proud of my accomplishments, but it also makes me realize that I need to keep working every day to achieve what I’m working towards,” Adam said.


“STU presented me with the opportunity to receive a world-class education, while offering me the chance to play volleyball at the post-secondary level, which has been a dream of mine for years.”


Bryn Mayo
Maine, USA
Lawrence High School Class of 2019
International Chancellor’s Scholarship


Bryn got involved in her high school through the Civil Rights Team, Student Senate, class government, the French Club, and theatre. She was also a member of the track team and the math team. To give back to her community, Bryn spent two summers volunteering at the local humane society.


“A few of my priorities when looking at universities were small class sizes, a small student population, a campus that isn’t located in a huge city, caring faculty and staff, and a real feeling of community—STU offers all those things and more,” Bryn said.


“This scholarship means I get to pursue my dreams and spend my time at university growing and learning, building myself and the community, and focusing on my studies and passions.”


Noah Deas
Oromocto, NB
Oromocto High School Class of 2019
McLaughlin Scholarship 

Noah is known for his commitment to academics, his passion for theatre, and dedication to volunteering.  He's been the lighting designer and director for the OHS Drama Club, and even wrote a play, served as the assistant director of the play when it was produced, acted in it, and organized the set designs and costumes.  He was also a member of the Yearbook Committee, Tech Crew, Writing Club, Band, French Club, and Prom Committee.  Noah has also volunteered for a literary festival, Liberty Lane, and the OHS Breakfast Club.


“For me, STU always provided a promise of knowledge which can further fuel my artistic process and well-being,” Noah said.


“I’m most looking forward to the theatre, English, and Fine Arts education I will be receiving in the fall and I hope to audition for Theatre St. Thomas. I hope to be challenged artistically and academically, and learn valuable skills and lessons along the way.”



Emily Green
Riverview, NB
Riverview High School Class of 2019
McLaughlin Scholarship


Emily is Canada’s Youth Advocate for World Vision, was captain of the varsity field hockey team, former president of Youth in Action—a school volunteer and fundraising committee—and captain of the high school improv team.  She's demonstrated a commitment to social justice issues and is helping to plan Model First Nations, has organized a screening of the film Girl Rising, and has attended the World Vision Women Deliver Conference in BC.


“As the second child is my family to pursue post-secondary education, receiving a scholarship has allowed me to explore my academic interests at my dream school,” Emily said.


“I knew I would call St. Thomas my home after my first visit. As an incoming STUdent, I’m looking forward to studying subjects that I’m truly interested in. I can’t wait to be a Tommie!”



Matt MacBeth
Hillsborough, NB
Caledonia Regional High School Class of 2019
Leadership Scholarship


Matt has been active in his school and wider community as a a hockey referee, YMCA Community Action Network representative, and Boys & Girls Club volunteer. He's an accomplished athlete having competed with the soccer, basketball, and golf teams, and has participated in Drama and Student Council. Matt was an attendee of the NB Student Leadership Association conference and received a STEM award for his invention that converts CO2 emissions into ethanol.


“I feel that STU is the place for me because I grew up in a small community. I’m very much a people person and love being able to communicate with the people around me,” Matt said.


“STU felt like the perfect fit and was my number one choice.”



Ady King
Islandview, NB
Ecole Sainte-Anne Class of 2019
McLaughlin Scholarship


Ady is a genuine leader. She received a Canada 150 Award and the Vimy Pilgrimage Award, has been selected as a youth representative for the Office of Child and Youth Advocate, and has been heavily involved in CISV and its leadership programming as Local Junior Rep for CISV Fredericton, Communications Coordinator for CISV Canada's National Junior Branch, and Junior Counsellor for CISV's Village in Toronto. Ady has presented for Beam Diversity and has been involved in ESAlliance, Matt Decourcey’s Constituency Youth Council, Reproductive Justice NB, Fredericton Youth Feminists, and her high school’s Grad Committee.


“I first fell in love with STU when I was given the opportunity to take a first-year class.  I immediately loved the smaller classroom sizes and how the professors always have time to meet and discuss your assignments with you,” Ady said.


“I’m beyond grateful to STU for giving me the chance to further my education without the fear of debt getting in the way. For me, getting this scholarship is definitely life-changing.”



Silvie Binsai
Nairobi, Kenya
Kenya High School Class of 2019
International Scholarship


Silvie was active in her high school community. She was involved in the East African Model United Nations, where she was recognized for developing the best ecology resolution, as well as the Cancer Awareness Treatment and Support Initiative—a group that provides treatment to at least one cancer patient in financial need per year. Silvie also competed with the basketball, swimming, soccer, and teams.


“STU has given me a chance to strive for excellence and chase my dream of becoming an ambassador,” Silvie said.


“The diversity the university offers will provide a great opportunity for me to learn new things and be exposed to different values and beliefs. The small classrooms ensure I’ll receive the help I need and will give me the opportunity to work alongside my professors.”



Tristan Eisnor
Miramichi, NB
Miramichi Valley High School Class of 2019
Leadership Scholarship


Tristan is an active member of the MVHS and Miramichi communities. He's a youth leader for the Miramichi branch of the Boys and Girls Club of Canada, a National Youth Council Member, and participated in MVHS Model UN. Tristan has been involved in Miramichi Valley’s Drama Club, the Rotary Interact Club, and was an executive member of the MVHS student council. 


“I’m really into the social sciences, so seeing such a great selection of classes at STU made it the right fit for me,” Tristan said.


“Receiving a scholarship is a great achievement which I’m very thankful for. It means a lot to me and makes me want to work even harder.”