ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. - Another superb student on the First Coast is $1,000 richer.
On Monday morning during Good Morning Jacksonville, First Coast News handed out another Hero Next Door student scholarship.
It was the fourth of 11 total scholarships that are being handed out to a field of finalists that were narrowed down from more than 500 applicants.
The final scholarship of $5,000 and will be handed out May 22 during Good Morning Jacksonville.
The rest will be handed out during the morning show every weekday until the big finale.
Monday's winner is 18-year-old Alexa Parsons, a senior from Creekside High School.
Her dad, Mike, nominated her for her academic success and work with at-risk youth.
"I think that it seems to be something that comes naturally to her to reach out and try to help people that don't have the good fortunate she has," he said.
Alexa has logged more than 800 volunteer hours as a mentor and teacher in the Teen Trendsetter program.
She was named "Teen Trendsetter of the Year" in 2012 and was nominated to serve as one of 12 Florida Youth Commissioners.
She does all of this while maintaining a 3.89 grade point average.
"I realized how much these kids need someone who's excited to teach them, who understands and who just wants to be engaged with them," the high school senior said about her volunteer work.
After high school, her plan is to attend the University of North Florida to study political science.
One day she hopes to help families immigrate legally to the United States.
Her scholarship, she said, will help her achieve her dream.
"School is so expensive, and it's just so great to know I'm able to go to school and have this great scholarship," Alexa said.
Her mom, Susan, said, "I mean, this is huge. A $1,000 scholarship goes so far, so far in helping with expenses, and these days are tough. We are so appreciate First Coast News for helping us out."
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