Prestigious full-tuition Elizabeth McRae Scholarship recipients announced

Two incoming fall 2018 students, Emily Griffith of Connelly Springs, North Carolina, and Lucas Price, of Hudson, North Carolina, were named beneficiaries of the celebrated, full-tuition Elizabeth McRae Scholarship.

The recipients who were ultimately chosen as the winners initially competed on February 17 as part of the College’s annual Scholars Day. Hosted by the Lees-McRae Honors Program, the day invites qualified Honors Program students to participate in essay and interview competitions. 

More than 140 students qualified for the prominent Lees-McRae College Honors Program, having attained a 3.75 high school GPA and SAT score over 1150 (ACT score over 25).

Griffith, an upcoming graduate of Burke Middle College, intends to study wildlife biology during her time at Lees-McRae.

She said her decision to come to the College largely hinged on the school’s one-of-a kind location, community and programming.

“The atmosphere at Lees-McRae is so different than that of any other college I have ever visited,” Griffith said. “There’s just something about the campus and community that makes it feel like home. I am so honored to have been given the opportunity to be a part of the Bobcat family!”

Price is completing his final months at Caldwell Early College. Similar to Griffith, Price gravitated towards the College’s atmosphere, faculty and staff. He will also pursue a degree in wildlife biology during his time at Lees-McRae. 

“I feel that at Lees-McRae I will get a unique, experiential education and develop relationships that will last a lifetime,” he said. “Aside from the atmosphere of the campus, I chose Lees-McRae because of the awesome location, nestled in the mountains of western North Carolina.”

The Elizabeth McRae Scholarship was named after Elizabeth A. McRae, one of the two namesakes of the College. McRae was a summer school teacher at Lees-McRae in 1900 when it was an all-female school led by Lees-McRae founder, Rev. Edgar Tufts.

Lees-McRae College awards more than $14 million annually in institutional scholarships and grants and helps facilitate more than $27 million in financial aid. For more information on scholarship opportunities at Lees-McRae, visit or contact the Office of Financial Aid at 828.898.8740.

By Nina MastandreaMarch 26, 2018