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Hometown/State: Vanceboro, North Carolina
Incoming EC Scholar Class (year): 2008
Scholarship(s) Awarded: Harold H. Bate Foundation, Inc. EC Scholars Award
Major/Intended Major: Finance
East Carolina long lingered in the recesses of my mind when considering institutions of higher learning; consistently attending Pirate baseball games, meeting numerous successful alumni throughout my endeavors in high school, and driving around downtown Greenville on a regular basis reinforced the University in my consciousness. East Carolina Scholars via the Bate Foundation Scholarship convinced me to enroll â€” I was pleasantly surprised and gratified to have a reason beyond familial and regional sentimentalities to remain within close proximity to the Tidewater rather than along Tobacco Road or at an institution farther north.
My class of East Carolina Scholars is a philosophically diverse group of individuals. Within our seminars, controversial topics and sharply differing views were presented, debated, and (on rare occasion) "resolved." Prior to college, facing determined and cerebral opposition to my intellectual bearings was an event confined to debates and rare conversations transcending the quotidian. During the seminars, I was consistently challenged to cogently advance, defend, and judge the pragmatic and idealistic worth of propositions offered by classmates in response to difficult questions pertaining to life, law, political liberty, economics, and philosophy. For me, the primary benefit the scholarship has conferred upon me is the thrill of progressing to higher planes of thought with others via rhetoric and dialectic, disciplines that are emphasized yet too often unlearned in an age of increasing volumes, not necessarily rising qualities, of communication.
During my two years at East Carolina, I have assumed various roles within ECU College Republicans and the Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta (known commonly as FIJI). For ECU CR, I have been both recruitment director and fundraising chairman, endeavoring to mobilize philosophically conservative and libertarian individuals towards substantive political action. Phi Gamma Delta has employed me in numerous capacities during my undergraduate years, all involving in some form managing money: philanthropy co-chairman, finance chairman, graduate relations chairman, and presently de facto "project czar."
Investment banking, financial planning, and corporate law are possibilities I am entertaining as far as my career is concerned.
Despite the negative connotations sometimes attached to Greek organizations, my fraternity, Phi Gamma Delta, has served as a conduit for satisfying the apprehensions of my conscience. Organizing and participating in blood drives for the American Red Cross as well as orchestrating fundraisers for organizations such as the Red Cross and Autism Speaks happily consume considerable portions of my time. Additionally, as an East Carolina/Bate Scholar, I have tutored first graders at Belvoir Elementary School in English grammar and comprehension.