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Jessie McCrary, PhD Associate Director, National Scholarships and Fellowships Program


  • PhD, English: Rhetoric and Composition, Georgia State University
  • Master of Heritage Preservation, Georgia State University
  • BA, History, Kennesaw State University


As Associate Director of the National Scholarships & Fellowships Program, Jessie McCrary oversees the selection process for internal and external merit-based awards. Combining her academic focus in writing studies with her passion for student success, Jessie works to connect high-achieving students to the resources for their academic and career advancement through research, fellowship, and education abroad opportunities.

Jessie has worked in student success since 2013, formerly at Georgia State University and Kennesaw State University. Across career and internship advising, academic advising, research and scholarship advising, Jessie understands the challenges and growth opportunities for students throughout their undergraduate journey. Her work is driven by the satisfaction of connecting students’ academic interests with their professional and life goals.

She received her PhD in English, concentration in rhetoric and composition, from Georgia State University. Her dissertation uses the Georgia Women’s Movement archival collection at GSU to investigate the nature of remembrance and rhetorical voice in oral history. She also has research projects focused on the composing processes involved in national competitive awards applications and in Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) and writing program administration. Her scholarship has appeared in Peitho and the Journal of the Georgia Association of Historians.



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