Senior Receives Full-Tuition Scholarship to Butler University

A Providence Cristo Rey High School senior has earned a Butler University Tuition Guarantee Scholarship.

Thomasina Smith was surprised with the news that she had earned this full-tuition award during her fourth period class. Adding to the surprise was a special guest to help deliver her award.

Butler's very own official live mascot, Butler Blue III (aka "Trip"), made an appearance for this announcement, along with Butler's Director of Admissions, DJ Menifee, and Michael Kaltenmark, Director of External Relations.

Chelsea Ward, Providence Cristo Rey High School's College & Career Counselor, called Thomasina's parents to invite them to the surprise presentation. "I just started crying when she told me," said Toiya Smith, Thomasina's mother. "I am so proud of her. She worked incredibly hard for this."

Toiya was able to contact her husband, Thomas Smith, to let him know about the event. He picked up roses and Butler-themed balloons on his way to the school.

Once everyone had arrived, Butler Blue III led the way to Thomasina's classroom.