The Ohio State University at Newark

Ohio State Newark Engineering Student Offered Appointment to U.S. Naval Academy

NEWARK, Ohio, March 21, 2016 – U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) recently announced that a student at The Ohio State University at Newark has been extended an offer of appointment by the U.S. Naval Academy. Alexandra Heller is a freshman at Ohio State Newark and a graduate of Hilliard Davidson High School. Brown nominated Heller for the Naval Academy.

“I was so excited when I found out,” said Heller. “It was a very long application and interview process. It has been a goal of mine for a very long time. I am just thrilled.”

“Ohio schools are training young men and women who will be the next generation of military leaders,” said Brown in a news release. “I am proud that Alexandra has been offered the opportunity to attend one of our nation’s most prestigious institutions. Alexandra’s family and community should be proud of this dynamic young woman, who embodies the integrity and courage needed to represent and uphold the values of our nation.”

Heller is in the Honor’s program at Ohio State Newark. She is a LeFevre Fellow, a prestigious award for students with strong academic records and service to the community. LeFevre Fellows participate in programs with a college-access mission: leading exercise classes and science-education events for elementary school students as well as coordinating college information workshops for parents. Heller said she will miss the Newark campus and has loved her time here.

“I am an engineering major and originally applied to the Columbus campus,” said Heller. “With space not available in Columbus, I ended up coming to the Newark campus. It has been a wonderful opportunity. I love the small class sizes and that you can get involved.”

Heller has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and participated in the Engineering Learning Community. In the learning community, a cohort of students attend classes together, take field trips related to engineering and engage in social activities designed for the learning community. “You get to know your fellow students and can study together. I love this campus,” said Heller.

Each year Brown nominates up to 10 students for each service academy requiring congressional recommendations. However, a nomination does not guarantee acceptance into a service academy. The academy’s admissions board ultimately decides who receives an appointment.

“My time at Ohio State Newark prepared me for this,” said Heller. “I think the amazing professors I’ve had and all the opportunities to get help — in the Engineering Learning Community and with tutoring at the Math Learning Center — made it possible to start my college career out on the right foot.”

The Ohio State University at Newark offers the best of the Big Ten educational experience, access to Ohio State’s more than 200 major programs, a rich research heritage and academic excellence.