A Trinidad-born scholar is shining in the United States after being awarded a scholarship to study at the University of Miami (UM) funded by Payless ShoeSource.
According to a report on the University of Miami's website, Chantal Newallo joined the University of Miami in fall 2016, and now in her second semester, the freshman is concentrating on geological and marine sciences with a nod toward graduate work in geophysics.
It stated that Newallo would not be at UM if it weren't for the scholarship she received through the generosity of Payless ShoeSource, which has branches in the United States, and throughout Central America and the Caribbean, including Trinidad and Tobago.
Newallo is the inaugural recipient of the Payless ShoeSource Scholarship, which is the first need-based, four-year scholarship for an undergraduate student from Central America or the Caribbean.
“I don't know what would have happened if I didn't get that scholarship,” Newallo was quoted as saying in a recent interview.
She got the opportunity to offer her gratitude at a special event in San Jose, Costa Rica hosted by Payless ShoeSource Latin America and the University of Miami Alumni Association.
The report stated that nearly 80 people — elected officials, business and community leaders, educators, UM alumni and friends of the University — turned out at the Intercontinental Hotel for the “We Are One U” tour event.