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About the Award
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Hometown/State: Holly Springs, North Carolina
Incoming EC Scholar Class (year): 2007
Scholarship(s) Awarded: S.G. Wilkerson and Sons Inc. EC Scholars Award; Dowdy Student Stores EC Scholars Award
Major/Intended Major: Exercise Physiology
I chose to attend East Carolina University because it was the closest university to my hometown that had both an Exercise Physiology program and a ballet instructor that I knew.
My scholarship has enabled me to finance my college education and to take advantage of special seminar class opportunities during my freshman year that broadened my perspective on the world.
I have had the opportunity to participate in undergraduate research in the Biomechanics lab in the College of Health and Human Performance. I was invited by Dr. Tibor HortobÃ¡gyi to complete my independent study there after taking his Introduction to Biomechanics course. I have continued working in the lab for my Senior Honors thesis project.
At the beginning of my junior year, I became involved with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship when a new chapter was created. I attended training this past summer and I am currently co-leading a small Bible study group.
While I had originally planned to pursue physical therapy, I reconsidered my career plans during my junior year, and now I plan to complete a Master's degree program in Public Health, with an emphasis on maternal and child health. I want to work to improve the health of mothers and young children, both in Africa and in low-income communities in the United States.
In addition to the volunteer opportunities at Belvoir Elementary School that the EC Scholars program provided to me during freshman year, I have also contributed to the university by tutoring college courses. I worked for one semester as a volunteer tutor for the Pirate Tutoring Center, and also tutor chemistry and organic chemistry privately.