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Graduate Named McRae Scholar

2021 Grad Receives McRae Scholars at UNC Asheville

Ziyanah-Grace Alexander from Indian Trail, North Carolina, is a graduate of Porter Ridge High School. She is a two-year member of the Porter Ridge Student Council and is involved in the National Honor Society and Beta Club. Throughout the summer of 2020, Alexander volunteered at a local summer camp providing care for children during the uncertainty and instability of the Covid-19 pandemic. She is interested in the intersection of political science and environmental sustainability, with the eventual goal of pursuing environmental law. As part of her AP coursework, she conducted research on the motivations behind why people choose plastic bags over paper bags at grocery stores, and she hopes to continue environmental research as part of UNC Asheville’s seminal Undergraduate Research Program.

Info about the scholarship program:  UNC Asheville has awarded five Selby and Richard McRae Scholarships to exceptional students from the incoming Class of 2025. Each student will receive $50,000 throughout their four years at UNC Asheville, with $10,000 in scholarship support each year and an additional $10,000 to support study abroad, undergraduate research, and internships, which are all hallmarks of the historically strong liberal arts and sciences education at UNC Asheville.

In addition, 11 students have been awarded Provost Scholarships, totaling $63,500 annually, and 16 students have received Alumni Referral Scholarships, each earning $1,000 annually by being nominated or referred to UNC Asheville by an alumnus/a of the University. Over the course of four years at UNC Asheville, these scholarships will provide more than half a million dollars in funding for undergraduate students at North Carolina’s designated public liberal arts and sciences university.

UNC Asheville’s McRae Scholars and Provost Scholarships are available to both in-state and out-of-state students and recognize undergraduate scholars with exceptional academic accomplishments, demonstrated leadership, and potential to be a pace-setter in their academic life and future beyond college. The McRae Scholarship provides entering students with opportunities to acquire the critical thinking skills, knowledge, and problem-solving necessary to pursue their goals and take their places as leaders and engaged citizens in a rapidly changing world.