Durham Tech students awarded prestigious scholarships

Two Durham Tech students have been named Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship winners.
Andrew McCrae, an honors student in the Arts, Sciences, and University Transfer program (ASUT), and Casey VanAlstyne, an Associate in Arts student, received the scholarships.
The award is given to the nation’s top community college students to complete their bachelor’s degrees at four-year colleges or universities. McCrae and VanAlstyne were among 90 Scholars selected for the award this year from a pool of more than 2,000 applicants. The scholarship is for up to $40,000 each year and can be used toward tuition, living expenses, books, and required fees.

From left to right: Tracy Mancini, dean of Arts, Sciences, and University Transfer (ASUT); Casey VanAlstyne; Andrew McCrae; Svetlana Yokum, ASUT instructor of German

From left to right: Tracy Mancini, dean of Arts, Sciences, and University Transfer (ASUT); Casey VanAlstyne; Andrew McCrae; Svetlana Yokum, ASUT instructor of German

“Both students are highly qualified and greatly deserving. I am very, very happy for them,” said Svetlana Yokum, an instructor of German at Durham Tech. “They are not just great scholars but they are also wonderful young men.”

Last month, McCrae was named a 2015 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Silver Scholar, a scholarship that provides financial assistance to outstanding students at community colleges across the nation.
McCrae will complete his Associate in Science this spring. He is an active member of the Student Senate and Phi Theta Kappa, and has been accepted into the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he plans to major in exercise and sports science. He hopes to earn a doctorate in physical therapy.
McCrae also was awarded the Dr. Maria Fraser-Molina Dean’s Award, which recognizes an outstanding ASUT student who has achieved academic excellence and provided significant contributions to the department and campus community.
VanAlstyne, a former Student Senate President and Student Trustee, also plans to attend UNC-Chapel Hill this fall and hopes to major in economics and philosophy. He wants to attend law school and receive continued education in philosophy.
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. Since it was founded in 2000, the Foundation has awarded $130 million in scholarships to 1,900 students and more than $80 million in grants.