Scholarship Recipients

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Sean Robert McKinley

My name is Sean Robert McKinley. I am currently a junior at North Carolina State University, majoring in Aerospace Engineering. I chose NC State because of its renowned engineering department. I always knew I wanted to work in the aerospace field–having had an avid interest in airplanes and race cars my whole life–so NC State was the ideal choice for me, and I have greatly enjoyed my time here.

I am a member of a military family. My dad was a fighter pilot in the US Air Force, and my mom works as a nurse. I also have four younger brothers, so our lives have always been pretty busy. We’ve moved around countless times and we have gotten to see and do so many things. Before NC State, I graduated with honors from Jack Britt High School in Fayetteville, NC. In my spare time I am a hobby musician, playing guitar and piano. I also like to build and operate radio controlled cars and airplanes.

I am looking forward to the rest of my time here at NC State. Junior year is, of course, when my curriculum really starts to focus on the aerospace field, so I’m very excited to experience it. I’d like to thank the wonderful people at the Stephen Shane Fincher Memorial Foundation. Their friendship and support has made my time here an even more memorable experience.

Bryant Miller

My full name is Bryant Leroy Hensby Miller. I graduated as an Honor Graduate from Bunker Hill High School in Claremont, North Carolina. Claremont is a rural, peaceful area that is located between Statesville and Hickory. Throughout the duration of my high school career, I was involved in various clubs, marching band, and played football. I am an Eagle Scout from Troop 312 and I try to stay involved in scouting by being an Assistant Scoutmaster for the troop. I am currently a junior at North Carolina State University and am majoring in civil engineering. My concentration is going to be in structures. In the future I want to design large scale structures such as skyscrapers, stadiums, and bridges. My current plans are to attend graduate school after I receive my undergraduate degree.

Some of my hobbies include playing sports such as basketball and football, playing video games, and watching movies. I have seen a lot of movies. As for all the other things in my life besides academics, I am most proud of being an Eagle Scout from Troop 312. I thoroughly enjoyed the scouting experience and it taught me an immense amount about life, leadership, and being part of a team. I try to stay involved in scouting by being an Assistant Scoutmaster for the troop. Lastly, I would like to thank the donors of the Fincher Scholarship for helping continue my education and becoming one step closer to my goal of being a structural engineer.

Jared Brewer

My name is Jared Brewer and I am a junior at North Carolina State University working towards my bachelor’s degree in Construction Engineering and Management.  From an early age, I knew I would pursue a career in the construction industry.  I never thought much about leaving my home in the foothills of the Smokey Mountains of East Tennessee until I started researching colleges to attend.  After learning about the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University and the opportunities a Construction Engineering and Management Degree from there could provide, I knew that is where I wanted to be.

I have greatly enjoyed my time here at NCSU for many reasons.  I have enjoyed learning with like minded students who have similar interests and goals as I do.  I have also enjoyed living in Raleigh and being around campus.  The most beneficial opportunity I have been provided is to take part in the Cooperative Education program.  I have already completed two work rotations with Ulliman Schutte Construction which have proved to be very beneficial to my education by providing hands on experience with classroom learning.

As I look forward and consider what my future will bring, I am very excited at the possibilities.  I have three more semesters to complete at NCSU before I earn my degree.   I will also complete another work rotation next summer.  I am not sure what company I will join for my upcoming rotation; however, I am anxious to see what else the construction industry has to offer and gain perspective on my previous construction experience.