Sunny Crays, a St. Augustine High School senior and aspiring engineer, is the 2013 recipient of the W. Douglas Hartley Scholarship. The announcement was made during a special awards ceremony for St. Augustine High School seniors.
Sunny will be attending The University of Florida this fall, where she’ll pursue a degree in chemical engineering. The scholarship provides up to four years of state university tuition plus a stipend for books. “I’m thrilled and so grateful,” Sunny said. “I won’t waste it. I have a plan and I won’t let anything get in the way of my dreams.”
Sunny graduated magna cum laude and was a member of the math club. She plans to get a master’s degree after college. Chosen for her tenacity and resilience, Sunny says the scholarship will allow her to focus squarely on her studies and lift the burden of making ends meet.
Wayne and Pat Hogan established the W. Douglas Hartley Scholarship 14 years ago to honor the memory of Mr. W. Douglas Hartley, St. Johns County’s long-term superintendent and help deserving students continue their education on college. Mr. Hartley set the stage for St. Johns County’s position as a top school district in the state, including bringing it into the modern era during integration in the 1960’s. Wayne Hogan is an alumnus of St. Augustine High School and attended while Hartley was superintendent.
The W. Douglas Hartley Scholarship is awarded each year to a St. Augustine High School senior who excels academically, demonstrates financial need and does not smoke or use tobacco products. To date, it has helped 72 St. Johns County public school graduates attend college.