April 02, 2013
Lees-McRae announces Elizabeth McRae and Shelton Scholar recipients
Lees-McRae is proud to announce that incoming freshman Anthony Carroll (Stevensville, Md.) has been honored as Lees-McRae's first Shelton Scholar, a scholarship valued at more than $130,000 over the course of four years. Additionally, two other incoming freshman, Emma McGovern (Lexington, N.C.) and Jordan Mayer (Timberlake, N.C.), have been awarded the prestigious full-tuition Elizabeth McRae Scholarship.
Each year Lees-McRae hosts a Scholar's Day for prospective students who show a high level of dedication to academics and leadership. These students compete for two Elizabeth McRae Scholarships and one Shelton Scholars Award. Throughout the event, which is hosted by the college's Honors Program, students participate in essay and interview competitions. If selected for one of these scholarships, the students must be active in the Honors Program and maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout their time at Lees-McRae.

Anthony Carroll, winner of the Shelton Scholars Award

Recipient of the Shelton Scholars award, Anthony Carroll, who attends Kent Island High School, has a 4.192 GPA and participates in cross country and track. The Shelton Scholars program is the highest honor to be bestowed upon an entering freshman. This prestigious award will provide full tuition, room and board for four years.

This award, established in September 2012, was named in honor of Ed and Dotti Shelton for their generous and humble leadership, guidance and support of Lees-McRae College. Mr. Shelton is an alumnus of the class of 1960, was awarded an honorary degree in Political Science in 1995, and was presented with an honorary Doctorate of Humanities in 2011. He serves on the College's Board of Trustees and is currently the interim chairman of the Board. His wife, Dotti, an artist, has donated several paintings to Lees-McRae over the years, both for display and auction at the Scholarship Gala.

Emma McGovern, winner of the Elizabeth McRae Scholarship

The Elizabeth McRae Scholarship, which was named for Mrs. Elizabeth A. McRae, one of the two namesakes of the college, is also determined by Scholar's Day and is the second largest scholarship awarded by Lees-McRae. This scholarship covers full tuition for a full-time student. Two scholarships are given each year and they are renewable for all four years.

Mrs. McRae was a summer school teacher at Lees-McRae back in 1900 when it was still an all-girls school run by Lees-McRae founder, the Rev. Edgar Tufts. Knowing the devoted character of her work, Rev. Tufts, named the institute for her. A few years later, he added the name of Mrs. McRae's friend, Mrs. S.P. Lees who had been a generous benefactor.

One of this year's recipient's, Emma McGovern, attends North Davidson Senior High School. With a 4.438 GPA, she is a soccer player who is interested in Lees-McRae's Communication Art & Design program.

Jordan Mayer
Jordan Mayer, winner of the Elizabeth McRae Scholarship

This year's second recipient, Jordan Mayer, attends Person High School and is an active tennis athlete. Jordan has a 4.35 GPA and is interested in studying Psychology.

For more information on scholarship opportunities at Lees-McRae, please contact the Admissions Department at 800-280-4LMC or

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