Lees-McRae announces 2014 Elizabeth McRae full-tuition scholarship recipients

July 02, 2014

Lees-McRae is proud to announce that incoming freshmen Hailey Gregory (Frederick, Md.) and Sierra Williams (Amelia Court House, Va.) have been awarded the prestigious full-tuition Elizabeth McRae Scholarship. The Elizabeth McRae Scholarship is the second largest scholarship awarded by Lees-McRae College, covering full tuition for a full-time student, renewable for four years.

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. 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.

“Sierra Williams and Hailey Gregory have impressed their high school teachers and the honors committee of Lees-McRae College with exceptional academic accomplishments,” said Dr. Ken Craig, director of the Honors Program and chair of the Division of Humanities. “I and all members of the honors faculty are excited about the contributions they will make to our honors program.”

Hailing from Frederick, Md., Hailey Gregory graduated from New Life Christian School with a 3.78 GPA. At Lees-McRae, Hailey plans to study Wildlife Biology, possibly with a concentration in Wildlife Rehabilitation. She is also interested in rock climbing and performing arts.

This year’s second recipient, Sierra Williams, is a native of Amelia Court House, Va. and graduated from Fuqua School with a 4.18 GPA. Sierra also plans to study Wildlife Biology and possibly Wildlife Rehabilitation. Having attended Lees-McRae’s Wildlife Science Summer Camp in 2013, Sierra is already familiar with the prestige of the Wildlife Rehabilitation program.

The Wildlife Biology program is environmentally-focused and integrates zoology, botany, earth science and chemistry. Utilizing the College's unique location, students are engaged in regular field experience at the 70 acre Elk River Preserve. Wildlife Biology students also have the opportunity to participate in field work abroad in locations such as New Zealand, Belize and Costa Rica. Students have the option to select a concentration in Wildlife Rehabilitation. The only program of its kind in the Southeast, this concentration focuses on the treatment and temporary care of injured, diseased and displaced indigenous wildlife and the subsequent return of healthy animals to appropriate habitats in the wild. Students work alongside highly-qualified faculty, including an on-site veterinarian, in the newly constructed May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, rehabilitating more than 1,000 animals each year.

The Elizabeth McRae Scholarship was named for Mrs. Elizabeth A. McRae, one of the two namesakes of the college. 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.

For more information on scholarship opportunities at Lees-McRae, please contact the Office of Admissions at 800-280-4LMC or admissions@lmc.edu.

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