Heckart - Amber

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C Scholars Class of 2012

Amber Heckart

Hometown/State: Holly Ridge, North Carolina

Incoming EC Scholar Class (year): 2008

Scholarship(s) Awarded: Claire and JB Davis EC Scholars Award; Mary F Howard EC Scholars Award

Major/Intended Major: Biology and Hispanic Studies

Why did you choose to attend East Carolina University?

I chose to attend ECU because I enjoy the small college atmosphere despite it being a large university. The East Carolina community is welcoming, friendly, and helpful to everyone. The city and residents of Greenville are also very supportive of the university and display their "Pirate Pride."

What has your scholarship enabled you to do?

Being an EC Scholar provided me with the opportunity to study abroad in Spain for a semester. It was a unique learning experience that has expanded my knowledge of cultural diversity in our world.

What special undergraduate research opportunities have you experienced at the university?

I haven't had the opportunity to participate in any undergraduate research opportunities, but look forward to completing a project my senior year.

What unique leadership opportunities have you experienced at the university?

I am a tutor representative for the Pirate Tutoring Center Faculty/Tutor Advisory Board and meet with staff members to improve the organization. I am currently co-president of the Spanish Club, which meets weekly and helps support ALMAS, a local service project that assists Latino women with learning English. I also serve as the undergraduate liaison for the Grimesland Clinic and am responsible for scheduling undergraduate volunteers each week.

What are your career plans/aspirations?

After graduating from ECU, I plan on attending medical school and becoming a general physician. I would like to open a practice providing primary care to the Latino residents in our community.

How have you made a positive impact while you have been at East Carolina University?

I have participated in volunteering activities both on campus and in the surrounding community while at ECU. I volunteer regularly for the Pirate Tutoring Center on campus, tutoring my peers in a variety of science and math courses. During our freshman year, the EC Scholars volunteered at Belvior Elementary School every Thursday morning. I have also volunteered at the AGAPE clinic in Washington and the Grimesland Clinic in Grimesland. Currently, I volunteer with ALMAS every Tuesday evening helping Latino women improve their English. I look forward to continuing to serve both East Carolina and the surrounding community.