Hometown/State: North Carolina
Incoming EC Scholar Class (year): 2009
Scholarship(s) Awarded: Loonis McGlohon East Carolina Scholars Award and Dowdy Student Stores East Carolina Scholars Award
Major/Intended Major: Neuroscience
Why did you choose to attend East Carolina University?
Having grown up in Greenville, North Carolina I have always felt a strong connection to East Carolina University. ECU is an integral part of life in Greenville and defines the culture of this city. Before I was accepted to the East Carolina Scholars program I already knew that this was the university for me. I am truly proud to be called an ECU Pirate!
What has your scholarship enabled you to do?
The East Carolina Scholars program has enabled me to surround myself with like-minded peers who I have made close friends with. I have also been afforded the exciting opportunity to attend special seminar classes specifically designed for the EC Scholars program. I also have been given the ability to take a semester to study abroad and learn more about different cultures, expanding my understanding of different ideas and beliefs.
What unique leadership opportunities have you experienced at the university?
Since coming to ECU I have had the opportunity to serve as Chairman of the Rising Leaders Circle. This has given me a great opportunity to develop my leadership skills through practical applications by organizing and coordinating the creation of passport events and volunteer activities here in the local community.
What are your career plans/aspirations?
After graduation, I plan to attend medical school here at the Brody School of Medicine. My goal is to serve as a medical doctor in rural North Carolina.
How have you made a positive impact while you have been at East Carolina University?
During my first year here I have had to opportunity to host group volunteer activities in the community, these include visiting area nursing homes and volunteering at Give to The Troops. I have also volunteered at the Grimesland Medical Clinic which gives free medical care to patients who cannot afford the cost of regular healthcare facilities.