Lexington's McCrory is Young Alumna of the Year

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Young Alumnus of the Year

The Holmes Community College 2018 Young Alumna of the Year recipient is Lexington native Lily Fran McCrory.

The daughter of Frankie and Robin McCrory, she excelled at Holmes, graduating top of her class as a valedictorian and as a President's List scholar.
McCrory was also the 2015 HEADWAE student of the year, a Phi Theta Kappa officer, a member of the Baptist Student Union, a member of Holmes Plus and voted Sophomore Class Favorite. In addition to serving as reporter for the Holmes Goodman chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, she was also the regional reporter for the honor society.

"I consider my two years at Holmes the best years of my life thus far," McCrory said. "If I could have stayed all four years at Holmes, there is no doubt that I would have stayed for the duration of my college career. In terms of preparation for medical school, Holmes thoroughly prepared me. In fact, I obtained all of my prerequisites for medical school at Holmes."

After Holmes, McCrory earned a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from Mississippi State University (MSU). She continued to achieve academic excellence while at MSU, earning a spot as valedictorian yet again (as 1 of 2,058 to earn this designation). McCrory was involved in several prestigious honor societies, received the Stephen D. Lee Scholar Award and received the Holmes County Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Education Award.

"I am so grateful for the continued support of my Holmes instructors," McCrory said. "It is now 2018, and these instructors have continued to keep up with all that I have been doing since 2013. Each of my instructors saw my potential and pushed me not only to reach my full potential, but to strive to go above and beyond my full potential."

Now McCrory is attending medical school at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC). She is currently an M2 and on schedule to graduate in 2021. McCrory serves as liaison chair for her class and is involved in the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), American Medical Association (AMA), American Medical Women's Association (AMWA), Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) and Mississippi State Medical Association (MSMA). The Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program (MRPSP), which awards scholarships rural college students who aspire to return to their roots to practice medicine, awarded McCrory $120,000.

"Holmes County is a place that my family loves and has made great contributions to for decades," McCrory said. "I, like my family before me, would like to give back to my community in the form of healthcare. The citizens of Holmes County have made an investment in me and my education and I would like to return this investment and serve as their primary care physician."

McCrory is thankful for the Holmes instructors who invested time in her and helped prepare her for medical school. To show her gratitude, she established The McCrory Holmes Milestone Scholarship for students who are graduates of Central Holmes Christian School with a minimum cumulative 3.5 GPA. The recipients must be full-time sophomores at Holmes.

"I encourage anyone who can to give back to your alma mater," McCrory said. "Age doesn't matter, just do what you can, when you can. That way, other students will be afforded the same opportunities to obtain an education and make a difference in the world."