Trevecca announces 2018 McClurkan Scholarship winners

This year’s recipients of Trevecca’s McClurkan Scholarship hail from Colorado and Ohio and have spent their high school years involved in numerous mission trips and service opportunities.

Samuel Thompson of Germantown, Ohio, and Melissa Wood of Broomfield, Colo., have been named the recipients of the 2018-2019 McClurkan Scholarships.

The scholarship, which honors Trevecca’s founder, J.O. McClurkan, is awarded to two incoming freshmen each year. 2018 will mark the 11th time the scholarship has been awarded. It is the largest scholarship Trevecca awards to incoming freshmen.

Incoming freshmen who demonstrate leadership qualities and outstanding academic excellence are invited to apply for the McClurkan Scholarship competition. They must have a minimum score of 29 on the ACT or 1290 on the SAT, as well as a 3.5 high school GPA. Two recipients are chosen after an extensive application review and interview process, which took place in November.

Wood and Thompson will both receive full-tuition scholarships to the University.

Thompson currently serves as the senior class chaplain at Dayton Christian High School. At the age of 17, he was elected to serve on the city council of Germantown, his hometown. Throughout high school, he has competed in soccer, tennis and football. He has also volunteered on mission trips with Fairhaven Church, serving in Chicago, Argentina and Guatemala.

Wood has also participated in several mission trips during her high school career. A member of Crossing Church of the Nazarene, she has traveled to Memphis, Tenn., and Baton Rouge, La., on mission trips, as well as serving internationally in Mexico, Kenya and Jamaica. A life-long gymnast, Wood is finishing her senior year serving as team captain. At Trevecca, she plans to major in pre-occupational therapy.

Trevecca officials are excited to welcome both Thompson and Wood to the Trevecca community.

“The academic excellence and community service exhibited by these two recipients and all of our McClurkan candidates is extremely impressive,” said Holly Whitby, dean of enrollment and associate provost. “Due to the high caliber and academic prowess of the 65 candidates competing, it was difficult for the committees to choose the scholarship winners.  Our McClurkan candidates represent a broad mix of interests, backgrounds, skills, and talents. Trevecca is a great place for all of our McClurkan candidates to continue their successful journey in fulfilling God's call on their lives."

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