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Johanna McCracken was awarded the 2012 W. Douglas Hartley Schol­arship by Wayne Hogan at a special awards ceremony for St. Augustine High School seniors.

Ms. McCracken will attend The University of Florida this fall, where she’ll pursue a degree in environ­mental engineering. The schol­arship provides up to four years of state university tuition and a stipend for books. “I am overjoyed,” McCracken said. “I can’t explain what this means to me. So much stress has been lifted off me and my family. I am so grateful.”

McCracken graduated summa cum laude with honors. An aspiring environ­mental engineer, she hopes to one day use her degree to create social change in a third-world country by volun­teering with Engineers Without Borders.

Estab­lished 13 years ago by attorney Wayne Hogan and his wife, Patricia, the schol­arship honors the legacy of the late W. Douglas Hartley, St. Johns County’s long-term super­in­tendent who provided students with the best educa­tional oppor­tu­nities and made it his mission to know every student on a personal level. “He brought the public schools of St. Johns County into a modern era as the civil rights movement helped create a new South, and set it on the course to becoming the most successful school district in the state,” said Wayne Hogan, a 1965 St. Augustine High School graduate.

The W. Douglas Hartley Schol­arship is awarded each year to a St. Augustine High School senior who has done well acade­m­i­cally, demon­strates financial need and does not smoke or use tobacco products.

Since The Wayne and Patricia Hogan Endowment was estab­lished in 1999, The W. Douglas Hartley Schol­arship has helped 71 St. Johns County public school graduates attend college.