Lees-McRae College is proud to announce that incoming freshman, Sam Pugh, has been named the winner of the 2nd annual Video Essay Scholarship Contest. As the winner, Pugh will receive a $2,000 annual scholarship that is renewable for up to four years as long as he maintains a 2.5 cumulative GPA.
Pugh, a native of Durham, N.C., is a senior at Jordan High School boasting a 3.46 GPA. At Lees-McRae he plans to study Business Administration and has signed a National Letter of Intent to play Men’s Soccer under Head Coach Lee Squires.
“Lees-McRae has been one of my top college choices since I heard about it in 2012 when I attended a soccer camp,” said Pugh in his Lees-McRae application. “Now that I have done more research and visited the campus, I have fallen in love with the small class sizes, great soccer team and beautiful views.”
The rules of the contest were very simple; prospective students were asked to get creative and submit a video to YouTube that answered one of two questions: Why are you a good fit for Lees-McRae College? How will attending Lees-McRae College elevate your future?
The videos were required to be less than three minutes and could not be produced by a professional. Once all submissions were received, a panel of judges consisting of College faculty, staff, and two very special students – 2013 video essay scholarship winner, Melissa Hooper, and Student Government Association President, Heather Peterman – reviewed all submissions and determined a winner. All videos were judged on originality, creativity, adherence to the theme and overall quality.
Pugh’s video embodied all the required criteria and more. At two minutes and 57 seconds, he neared the three minute maximum, but made use of every second with his comical rendition of the hit song “Thrift Shop,” made famous in 2012 by chart-topping artists Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.
Pugh’s version included lyrics such as: “I’m going to Lees-McRae, trying to get my future elevated, I’m huntin,’ huntin’ for a scholarship to get an education, walking through the mountains like ‘what up, I’m a bobcat,’ nah, I’m just excited I got into this college.”
“We are so proud of all of our students that participated in the Video Essay Scholarship Contest,” said Ginger Hansen, vice president of enrollment management. “It’s evident that these students are talented, passionate individuals who will thrive at Lees-McRae College.”
Lees-McRae’s video essay contest has also garnered national attention. In November 2013, The New York Times released an article about the use of video essays in the admissions process. Alongside examples from Tufts University and George Mason University, Lees-McRae freshman Melissa Hooper’s video was featured as an example of a great video. Melissa was the winner of Lees-McRae’s inaugural Video Essay Scholarship Contest held in 2013.To view Pugh’s winning video and learn more about Lees-McRae’s video essay scholarship contest, visit lmc.edu/videoessay.
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