Two students receive full-tuition Elizabeth McRae scholarships after participating in Scholars Day

This year’s recipients of the prestigious Elizabeth McRae scholarship are Giada Ehresman from Fort Mill, South Carolina, and Anna Crippen from Chesapeake, Virginia, two students who are looking forward to seeing all that the North Carolina mountains have to offer to Lees-McRae students.

The Elizabeth McRae scholarship covers full tuition for four years of college and is named for Elizabeth A. McRae, an influential teacher who is honored in the college’s name. The scholarship is awarded based on student performance at the annual Scholars Day event. “My passion is helping others find their passion, and I know Lees-McRae will help me get to the place where I can  do so,” Ehresman said.

Both incoming freshmen are ready to get involved  at Lees-McRae. After going on a campus tour late last year, Crippen is excited to explore all the opportunities that the college has to offer.

“From the moment I visited Lees-McRae in October 2021, I knew this school had so much to offer me,” Crippen said. “I was drawn to the Wildlife Biology program and the unique combination of both classroom education and real-life experience in the May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. I feel honored to receive this scholarship to obtain an education that will allow me to become an ambassador in animal conservation. I’m looking forward to embarking on my Bobcat journey!”

Four incoming students also received the Trustee Award, which covers partial tuition:

  • Carolina (Grace) Franklin
  • Katie Skufca
  • Madyson (Mady) Hogan
  • Natalie Bridgman

These scholarships are just part of the more than $10 million Lees-McRae awards annually in institutional scholarships and grants. For more information on scholarship opportunities visit the Cost and Financial Aid page on the college’s website or contact the Office of Financial Aid at 828.898.3446.

By Maya JarrellMarch 22, 2022