The most recent recipients of the J.O. McClurkan Scholarship are Adam Bucynski, Parker McClellan and Eleanor Willson. Three world-changers hailing from Pennsylvania, Colorado and Kansas.
Named for Trevecca’s founder, J.O. McClurkan, the full-tuition scholarship is awarded to incoming freshman who demonstrate leadership qualities and outstanding academic excellence. Applicants invited to compete must have a minimum score of 29 on the ACT or 1330 on the SAT, as well as a 3.5 high school GPA. Recipients are chosen after an extensive application review and interview process, which took place in February.
Trevecca selected Bucynski, McClellan and Willson from 60 candidates hailing from 16 states and multiple countries.
Adam Bucynski is a singer-songwriter from Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, who desires to share the gift of music through the Christian music industry. Adam is very involved at his church, writes for a library teen advisory board and volunteers with the Special Olympics. In 2020, Adam was one of sixteen people chosen to participate in the Josh Wilson and James Tealy songwriter's course. He plans to major in music business at Trevecca.
Hailing from Aurora, Colorado, Parker McClellan is a gifted musician who plays trumpet and euphonium at school. He is a member of both advanced jazz and concert choirs. Parker is an Honor Thespian in the theatre program, plays baseball and football and leads worship at the First Church of the Nazarene in Denver, Colorado. Parker is a member of Mu Alpha Theta and the National Honor Society. He has a heart for missions and plans to major in biology at Trevecca.
Eleanor (Ellie) Willson is from Olathe, Kansas. She has a passion for serving others and pursuing equity. Ellie participates in the worship band at Lenexa Central Church of the Nazarene in Lenexa, Kansas. Ellie was a campaign volunteer for the Kansas and U.S. Senate races, the president and treasurer of the student council, and a national qualifier for her debate and forensics teams. At Trevecca she plans to major in social justice with the goal of pursuing a career in law, specifically in the non-profit sector.
“Adam, Parker, and Ellie are world-changers. They’re not only impressive academically, but they also embody leadership and service, which are missional values of Trevecca,” said Melinda Miller, executive director of admissions. “They will be among the brightest students at Trevecca. We can’t wait to welcome all the McClurkan Scholars to campus this fall!”
The Trevecca community is excited to welcome Bucynski, McClellan and Willson to campus this fall.
About Trevecca Nazarene University
Trevecca Nazarene University is a Christian university in the heart of Nashville focused on preparing students for lives of leadership and service. Founded in 1901, Trevecca is committed to holistic education, encouraging students to grow intellectually, socially, emotionally, physically and spiritually. U.S. News & World Report ranked Trevecca as a national university in the annual “2019 America’s Guide to Colleges,” making the University the only Nazarene institution to receive the national ranking. In 2016, the Carnegie Foundation classified Trevecca as a doctoral university, ranking it among the top 7 percent of schools nationwide.
Located just one mile from thriving downtown Nashville, Trevecca offers classes at the main campus as well as four other locations across the Southeast and online classes offered worldwide. With students from 47 states and 25 countries, Trevecca offers 15 associate degrees, 83 undergraduate majors, 20 master’s programs, and two doctoral programs, as well as specialist and certificate programs.