Scholars Day 2024

Saturday, February 24

Lees-McRae College is proud to offer our annual Scholars Day, hosted by the Honors Program. This event allows any student who has been admitted to the Honors Program a chance to compete for prestigious scholarships. The competition includes writing an essay and interviewing with two members of our faculty.

The Elizabeth McRae Scholarship is the highlighted award for which students compete. Named after the renowned Southern teacher who inspired the Rev. Edgar Tufts, this scholarship covers full tuition for all four years. While this scholarship will replace any other merit aid received, it is still an outstanding scholarship to receive. It will be worth nearly $130,000 over the course of four years. Three of these marquee scholarships will be awarded.

In addition, every four years Lees-McRae also awards a Shelton Scholarship, thanks to the generosity of donor Ed Shelton and his family. This scholarship covers tuition, room, board, and all fees for all four years! It will be worth over $200,000 to the recipient. We are excited to announce to all of our admitted Honors students that this is the year to also compete for the Shelton Scholarship.

In addition, several Distinguished Scholar Awards will also be given to deserving students. These awards are $2,000–$3,000 annually ($8,000–$12,000 over all four years) and are given in addition to any other merit scholarship received.

Schedule of Events

8:30–9:45 a.m.

Check-in and Academic Fair
Cannon Student Center

10–10:45 a.m.

Welcome and Introduction to the Honors Program
Evans Auditorium

11 a.m.–12 p.m. 

Student Essay Writing
Burton Center for Student Success, Shelton Learning Commons

Parent Panel
Various Locations

12–12:45 p.m. 

Chaffee Center Annex, Burton Center for Student Success, Bowman Building

1–2 p.m. 

Student Interviews
Burton Center for Student Success

1–3 p.m.

Resource Fair and Closing Gifts (optional)
Shelton Learning Commons

2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Campus Tours (optional)


Scholars Day will be an in-person, on-campus event. 

Please note that this event is extremely limited. All students who are admitted to the Honors Program can participate. While not every student will earn additional scholarships, we would love to see all students choose to enroll at Lees-McRae in the fall. Your return on investment is tremendous, particularly for those in the Honors Program.

Congratulations on your achievements to date, and we look forward to your participation in Scholars Day!          


Banner Elk: Our Mountain Home
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Located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, we’re inspired every day by all that surrounds us. There are breathtaking vistas, shady valleys, and clear, gentle streams in every direction.

We have countless trails in the area—in fact segments of the Appalachian Trail and Mountains-to-Sea Trail wind through Avery County. If you’re looking to climb even higher, visit one of the local peaks including Grandfather Mountain, Sugar Mountain, or Beech Mountain.

If driving is more your speed, you can take a spin on the Blue Ridge Parkway just miles from campus. Or head over to one of our neighboring towns, such as Boone, Blowing Rock, and Linville. Our hometown of Banner Elk hosts concerts, markets, and community events throughout the year, including the famous Woolly Worm Festival.

There is so much to do in the High Country, you’ll want to extend your visit for more adventures!

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