Ansley McCraw receives Sonja K. Ruppe Memorial Scholarship

June 17, 2013 at 8:35 pm

Ansley McCraw, a recent graduate of Gaffney High School, received the Sonja K. Ruppe Memorial Scholarship from the University of South Carolina Upstate Foundation. McCraw will major in physical education with a goal to either coach women’s basketball or become a physical therapist. She played varsity basketball in the position of point, shoot and guard through her 11th grade year. She is the daughter of Lori and Frankie McCraw of Gaffney, pictured at right.

The Sonja K. Ruppe Memorial Scholarship was established to celebrate Sonja’s life and her love of teaching. The $500 endowed scholarship is awarded annually to a senior from Gaffney High School who is perusing an education degree from USC Upstate.

“Sonya Ruppe was a senior at USC Upstate (then USCS) who was on her way to do her student teaching when she was killed in a car accident in 1990,” said Bea Walters Smith, director of development and foundation scholarships. “Her family established this scholarship to create a legacy to Sonya’s love of teaching.”

Sonya was an active member of Gamma Si Delta sorority, which later became Delta Zeta due to her determination to establish the chapter at USC Upstate.

The scholarship certificate was presented to Ansley McCraw by Bett and Sally Brumley, nieces of the late Sonja K. Ruppe. Bett, age 10, just completed the fourth grade at Northwest Elementary and enjoys running track, swimming, piano and art. Sally, age six, just completed the first grade at Northwest Elementary and enjoys swimming and art. Their mother, Lisa Ruppe Brumley is a teacher at Granard Middle in Gaffney.

The application to apply for this scholarship is available from Nov. 1 to Feb. 1 on the USC Upstate Financial Aid website at