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Betrous and Frampton Named 2020 Tucker Scholars In Science and Math

Lee University students Samuel Betrous and Caleb Frampton have been named the 2020-21 Tucker Scholars for science and math.

Betrous, a biological science major with pre-professional emphasis, is a rising senior from Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Samuel Betrous

“This scholarship means inspiration,” said Betrous. “I am driven to continue to learn, work in my community, and build these relationships with people along the way. I want to study hard and continue to pursue my career and encourage others to continue following their own personal pursuit and to somehow be an inspiration to them.”

Betrous tutors a genetics course on campus and is involved with the Tri-Beta Biology Honors Society at Lee. He plans on going to a dental school following his graduation.

“Sam is an outstanding student,” said Dr. Thaddeus McRae, associate professor of biology at Lee. “He is full of curiosity, excels in his studies, and gives intentional thought to the type of person he desires to become. He seeks out information and experiences that will help him be strong academically, relationally, professionally, and spiritually.”

Frampton is a senior applied mathematics major from Chattanooga, Tennessee. He was the vice president of the Young Americans for Liberty chapter at Lee and has been a scholar for the iMass (Integrated Mathematics and Science Scholars) program.
Caleb Frampton

“I am honored to be a recipient of this scholarship,” said Frampton. “Mr. and Mrs. Johnston’s generosity has enabled me to complete my undergraduate degree and inspired me to further pursue my goals in mathematics.”

Frampton hopes to attend graduate school at University of Tennessee, Knoxville, for industrial engineering and business.

“As [Caleb’s] professor for multiple classes, I have yet to see an academic obstacle he cannot overcome,” said Anthony Minutolo, lecturer of physics and engineering at Lee. “He is also a tremendous asset outside the classroom serving as one of our iMass Peer Mentors by helping guide the underclassmen in the STEM disciplines at Lee.”

Minutolo added that Frampton is one of the top performing students across the disciplines of mathematics, computer science, and engineering, at Lee.

The Tucker Foundation Endowed Scholarship in Science and Mathematics is awarded to two seniors – one majoring in the natural sciences and one in mathematics. Candidates for the Tucker Scholarship are nominated by faculty and chosen based on outstanding academic achievement. Consideration is given to financial need, and priority is given to students who graduated from an East Tennessee high school.

The Tucker Foundation established the natural science and mathematics scholarship in 2009 as part of an institutional initiative to enhance the programs at Lee University. The Tucker Foundation also established a scholarship for nursing students at the university in 2014. The scholarships were established on behalf of Mr. and Mrs. Summerfield K. Johnston, Jr.

For more information about the Tucker Foundation Scholarship, contact the Department of Natural Sciences at (423) 614-8275 or the Department of Mathematical Sciences at (423) 614-8333.
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