March Alumni Spotlight: Amanda McCracken
This month, our Alumni Spotlight features Amanda McCracken, 1999 Honors Scholar. Amanda graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Chemistry and completed an Honors thesis titled, “Readin’, ‘Ritin’, and ‘Rithmatic – the Parents’ Perspective,” which focused on the legal rights of parents in education. She is currently working on a master’s degree in Public Administration at EKU.
Currently, Amanda serves as EKU’s Scholarship Coordinator. She works daily with prospective and current students to achieve their higher education goals by awarding merit, foundation, and retention scholarships. She also works with academic departments to troubleshoot student issues, process departmental scholarships, and coordinate students’ awards with their financial aid packages. In addition to working with students, staff, and faculty in regards to scholarships, Amanda also administers and oversees several state-mandated tuition waivers and KHEAA scholarship programs, such as the KEES scholarship. Most importantly, Amanda represents EKU at various university functions and participates in community events to promote EKU and its scholarship programs. Amanda’s role as Scholarship Coordinator is one greatly appreciated by the EKU Honors Program!
Amanda has been married to her husband Connor for 14 years. They have two children, Keara (10) and Brady (4), and two “furry rescue children,” dogs Buddy and Reesie. Amanda loves spending time with family and visiting her brother, Adam, who is a fellow Honors alum living in Cincinnati. She enjoys spending time with and spoiling her three nieces and nephew. Amanda also volunteers at her daughter’s elementary school by running booths at its local fall and spring festivals and helping with the Christmas shop the school runs each year to assist students in selecting presents for their families. She enjoys reading, going to Zumba classes, and traveling. Her long-term goals are to visit all 50 states and to travel abroad to Ireland to trace her ancestry.
Favorite Honors Memory: “My favorite Honors memory was our senior trip to New York City. It was my first trip to New York, and there were so many fantastic memories from the trip. We saw Rent on Broadway, which was my first time seeing a Broadway play. I just remember everyone being so excited to dress up and see the bright lights of Broadway. Most of all, I remember the friendships and camaraderie between all of the students spending a cold, fun spring break together.”
Advice to Honors Students: “The most important piece of advice that I could give is to enjoy your Honors and college experience. These are the best four years of your life. Take advantage of the opportunities to travel, present at conferences, and be an active part of the EKU community. These experiences will not only enhance your educational experiences, but also your personal and professional growth once you enter the job market upon graduation.”
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Published on March 01, 2015