Burnette Payton

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EC Scholars - Class of 2015

Payton Burnette

Hometown/State: Asheboro, North Carolina

Incoming EC Scholar Class (year): 2011

Scholarship(s) Awarded: Bate Special Funds

Major/Intended Major: Musical Theatre and Speech and Hearing Science

Why did you choose to attend East Carolina University? 

I chose to attend ECU because of its top rated programs and amazing staff. Upon my first visit to the spectacular campus, everyone I met went over and beyond what was expected to welcome me to the Pirate Nation. I knew that if they could take so much pride in their school, then ECU was something I wanted to be a part of.

What has your scholarship enabled you to do?

My scholarship will allow me to focus on school without having to worry about paying back loans or working my way through school. It will give me the freedom to have a double major as well as volunteer and participate in other things I am passionate about.

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

I hope to tie in both of my fields of study and research theater arts as a therapeutic technique for speech and hearing patients. I hope that through my research, I will be able to improve and understand my own vocal system as well as design my own therapy program for children.

What unique leadership opportunities have you experienced at the university?

I hope to experience leadership opportunities in Christian organizations on campus as well as volunteer organizations dealing with teen pregnancy and abortion awareness and alternatives.

What are your career plans/aspirations?

I plan to become a full time musical theatre performer as well as a part time speech pathologist.

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

I feel I will make a positive impact on East Carolina through my dedication to the classroom and to relationships with the students and faculty. I plan to encourage others and be an impactful leader among my peers to evoke positive changes in and around me.

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