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Hometown/State: Fayetteville, North Carolina
Incoming EC Scholar Class (year): 2007
Scholarship(s) Awarded: Neil and Fred Webb EC Scholars Award
Major/Intended Major: Elementary Education
The College of Education at ECU has a great reputation and offers a fantastic hands-on learning experience that cannot be found at other universities. ECU also has small class sizes compared to the other universities that I considered and the campus had such a community feel.
This summer, I was able to apply my EC Scholar funds to a study abroad trip to London. I have also been able to concentrate solely on my classes instead of juggling school and work in order to pay for my tuition.
This year, I will begin research about child literacy as part of the Senior Honors Project that is offered through the EC Scholars Program. I will be working with a professor in the College of Education to investigate the best methods to encourage reading comprehension in elementary students.
As a member of the Elementary Education Club at ECU, I served as the Historian and Relay for Life captain during my junior year and was recently elected to be the President of the club during my senior year. I also served as an EC Scholar junior class representative and the Vice-President of the ECU Honors Council during my freshman year.
Upon graduating from East Carolina University, I plan to obtain a teaching position in an elementary school in North Carolina.
I have made a positive impact through my volunteer work. I have spent my time at East Carolina as a volunteer in classrooms in the Pitt County School System, as a mentor for Communities in Schools of Pitt County, as a volunteer at the Humane Society of Eastern Carolina, and as a member of the Relay for Life team.