Prestigious full-tuition Elizabeth McRae Scholarship recipient announced

Incoming Fall 2019 student, Kimberly Johnson of Sims, North Carolina, was named the beneficiary of the prestigious, full-tuition Elizabeth McRae Scholarship.

Johnson competed earlier in the year for a chance at the scholarship 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 147 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).

With an intended major in Communication Arts and Design, Johnson said her choice to attend Lees-McRae was largely attributed to its location.

“I really love the mountains,” she said. “Going to college in general is exciting, but the location is one of the really exciting things about it. Then you add in the many different courses and studies that you can’t find anywhere else such as Appalachian history, skiing, and snowboarding courses, and it makes for an exciting place to go to school.”

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 founder, Rev. Edgar Tufts.

Lees-McRae College awards more than $9 million annually in institutional scholarships and grants and helps facilitate more than $20 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 MastandreaJune 12, 2019