The J.O. McClurkan Scholarship

The J.O. McClurkan Scholarship is a full-tuition scholarship for students who exemplify high academic success as well as leadership and service. Recipients of this award will have demonstrated hard work through their high-school careers and will have touched the lives of others through different areas such as community service, leadership opportunities, extra curricular activities and more. 

The McClurkan Scholarship Day for Fall 2024 applicants will take place on Friday, March 1, 2024—participation is by invitation only. The deadline to apply for the McClurkan scholarship is Friday, February 9, 2024.

The History of the Scholarship

The J. O. McClurkan Scholarship is a full-tuition scholarship in honor of Trevecca’s first president, Reverend J. O. McClurkan. Rev J.O. McClurkan served from Trevecca’s beginning in 1901 until his death in 1914. Recipients of the full-tuition scholarship embody the spirit of Rev. McClurkan which is best described by the simple phrase, “He Lived for Others.”


How to Apply

To apply for the J. O. McClurkan Scholarship, students must have a 28 or higher on the ACT (1300+ SAT) and a 3.5 or higher GPA (unweighted). ACT Superscores and SAT Score Choices will be accepted for this scholarship. Students must all apply to the university and submit the McClurkan scholarship application. Top applicants are then invited to interview this upcoming spring.

The top candidates will be invited to campus for the McClurkan Scholarship Day. As we celebrate the academic achievements of these hard-working, driven, high-achieving students, we also give them the chance to experience the campus and interact with fellow scholars. Students who are invited and attend will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with professors in their intended field of study, tour the campus with current students, and interview with Trevecca’s Academic Deans and members of the President’s Cabinet. This V.I.P day is tailor-made for these exceptional students.

Being selected to compete at McClurkan Scholarship Day enters students into the prestigious category of "McClurkan Scholar." These individuals are the best and brightest, and as such McClurkan Scholars have opportunities afforded them that are unique to their status. Additionally, McClurkan Scholars receive special recognition at the time of graduation from Trevecca. These are the elite academic students within the university. 

Scholarship Information

  • Full tuition 
  • 28+ ACT Score (1300+ SAT)
  • 3.5+ GPA (unweighted)
  • Apply to Trevecca and submit McClurkan application 
  • Scholarship Day

2023 McClurkan Scholars

2023_NEWS_HEADSHOT_McKennaSmith_WEB_v01McKenna Smith
From Wildwood, Missouri, McKenna is the type of servant-hearted student who focuses on solutions over problems. As a young girl, McKenna began to experience the true joy of the Lord and quickly discovered her calling to share God with those at their lowest through a career in the medical field. A leader among her peers, McKenna serves as the Vice President of Best Buddies, a math tutor with Mu Alpha Theta, and a member of the National Honor Society. She hopes to be an inspiring leader among peers, leaders, and colleagues. She plans to major in Exercise Science with a focus in Pre-Physician Assistant at Trevecca. After graduating from Trevecca, she dreams of attending Trevecca's Physican Assistant program to excel in her medical skills and learning to incorporate her faith into her workplace.

—McKenna Smith (class of 2027)

2023-Marketing-Headshot-Giavanna-Faraci-v01Giavanna Faraci
Giavanna is from Rancho Mirage, California. Giavanna dreamed of having a social work career from a young age, but she recently accepted God's calling to pursue a career in education. She has been a Link Crew Leader at her school's freshman orientation, is a worship leader and intern at her church, and is a podcast host. Giavanna exudes faithfulness, intelligence, humility, generosity, and joy. She is passionate about helping others achieve their goals. She believes that she could bring authenticity and confidence to the classroom while honing her skills as a future teacher at a high academic level.

—Giavanna Faraci (class of 2027)

Caleb Reutter headshotCaleb Reutter 
Caleb is from Franklin, TN. He is involved in various leadership roles, activities, clubs, and sports. Most notably, he is the Student Events Coordinator for Student Council, the Co-Editor of the Yearbook Committee, and the shift manager for his job at Chick-Fil-A. Caleb is very involved in his church and serves others by leading small groups and playing on the worship team. He has a passion to change the culture of America through the art of music, composition, and film by creating a basis in Christianity beyond corporate worship mediums.

—Caleb Reutter (class of 2027)