Maria Aleksandrova: AUBG Presidential Medalist 2024

April 29, 2024
Maria Aleksandrova: AUBG Presidential Medalist 2024

The recipient of the 2024 AUBG Presidential Medal is Maria Aleksandrova. A graduating senior, she exemplifies the core principles of the liberal arts tradition at AUBG. Maria has distinguished herself through her exceptional academic achievements, majoring in Journalism and Mass Communication and Political Science and International Relations, and minoring in European Studies and Psychology.

Beyond academia, Maria is a passionate advocate for social change. In her first year at AUBG, Maria was part of the 30 Game-Changers of AUBG. And during the last four years, she has served on the Youth Sounding Board established by the Directorate General for International Partnerships of the European Commission and continues to make significant contributions as a UNICEF Bulgaria advocate for inclusive education. Maria’s dedication to civic engagement and activism is inspiring. Her work as a contracted social media consultant for U-Report Bulgaria and her advocacy efforts have garnered recognition both locally and internationally.

“I have no words to describe what this distinguished honor means to me,” Maria said. “Beyond proud to represent not just myself, but the incredible Class of 2024. All that’s left to say is thank you! To my mother, without whom I would not be graduating. To AUBG’s President, for this recognition. To my incredible Professors – they are far too many to name and this wouldn’t be happening without their support and guidance. To the AUBG staff -we are nothing without you! Last but not least, thank you to UNICEF Bulgaria and the marvelous team for your unwavering support since day one!”

Maria’s commitment to inclusive education extends beyond her advocacy work. As the first person with a physical disability in Bulgaria to take the Cambridge exam in English, she has paved the way for others and championed accessible education. In recognition of her outstanding contributions, Maria was awarded full scholarship to AUBG, generously provided by the family of the late Dr. Prof. Lachezar Tsotsorkov.