University announces 2020-2021 McClurkan Scholarship recipients

L to R: Brandon Mancio, Destiny Arnold, Alexander Ireland

This year’s recipients of Trevecca’s McClurkan Scholarship hail from Kansas, Massachusetts and New York and have displayed a commitment to academic excellence and Christian service throughout their high school careers.

Trevecca Nazarene University officials have named Destiny Arnold, Alexander Ireland and Brandon Mancio the 2020-2021 recipients of the McClurkan Scholarship. Named for University founder J.O. McClurkan, the full-tuition scholarship is the largest awarded by the University.

Arnold, Ireland and Mancio were chosen from an exclusive group. To apply for the McClurkan Scholarship, students must have a minimum score of 29 on the ACT or 1330+ on the SAT, combined with a minimum GPA of 3.5.

Top applicants are then invited to campus to experience Trevecca’s campus life and participate in interviews, which took place in early November.

Arnold hails from Olathe, Kansas. A gifted musician and performer, she plays both the piano and guitar, sings and has taken part in numerous theatre productions throughout her high school career. Arnold has also been named to the Principal’s Honor Roll at her school, taken part in the Spanish Club and been recognized as a National Merit Commended Scholar. Active on her Nazarene Youth International (NYI) council, Arnold is very involved in Lenexa Central Church of the Nazarene. She plans to major in worship arts at Trevecca.

Ireland, who plans to major in physics, has participated in the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes while in high school. From Quincy, Massachusetts, Ireland enjoys sailing and photography. In addition, he has been an active member of his church, Wollaston Church of the Nazarene, taking part in mission trips and attending Nazarene Youth Conferences (NYC).

Hailing from Arcade, New York, Mancio has participated in Free Methodist Bible Quizzing and his high school’s book club for the past four years. An active member of his church youth group, Mancio also volunteers at his church, serving on tech team and volunteering in children’s ministry. At Trevecca, he plans to major in business administration with a concentration in technology.

Trevecca officials are excited to welcome Arnold, Ireland and Mancio to the Trevecca community.

“The selection committee was extremely impressed by all the candidates we interviewed,” said Melinda Miller, executive director of undergraduate admissions. “Choosing among 68 accomplished candidates proved a nearly impossible task. The recipients of the McClurkan Scholarship have not only achieved academic excellence, but they also demonstrate a passionate faith in God and a commitment to serving their communities. Trevecca is blessed to welcome these bright, young servant leaders. We look forward to walking alongside them as they respond to God’s call on their lives.”

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.

This commitment extends from Trevecca’s historic main campus just one mile from thriving downtown Nashville to two other locations across Tennessee, and online classes offered worldwide. With students from 47 states and 25 countries, Trevecca offers 17 associate degrees, 80 undergraduate majors,16 master’s programs, and three doctoral programs, as well as specialist and certificate programs.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Trevecca as a national university in the annual “2020 Best Colleges,” making the University the only Nazarene institution to receive the national ranking. The Carnegie Foundation has classified Trevecca as a doctoral university, ranking it among the top seven percent of schools nationwide. Personal finance website WalletHub recently named Trevecca among the top 10 colleges and universities in Tennessee in its 2020 rankings.

The campus is certified as both an arboretum and the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree Campus USA, one of just nine universities and colleges in the state to receive the recognition. A member of NCAA Division II, Trevecca boasts 15 men’s and women’s teams who compete in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference, as well as 12 intramural teams.

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