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EC Scholars - Class of 2015

Clare Howerton

Hometown/State: Smithfield, North Carolina

Incoming EC Scholar Class (year): 2011

Scholarship(s) Awarded: East Carolina Scholars Endowed Fund

Major/Intended Major: Nursing

Why did you choose to attend East Carolina University? 

The EC Scholars program offered such an excellent opportunity that it was impossible to turn down. Also, when touring the campus, I received such a welcoming and friendly vibe from the people in the town and around the campus. It seemed that people were genuine, dedicated to their work, and passionate. This was an atmosphere I could see myself becoming a part of.

What has your scholarship enabled you to do?

My scholarship has provided me the opportunity to intern with several excellent leadership organizations and gain real world experience, as well as providing me the funds to study abroad this summer in London, which proved to be the happiest and most enriching month of my life.

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

I have worked in research in both elementary education and phylogenetics. The elementary education experience provided me an opportunity to research and observe underprivileged children in after school programs to improve literacy, while the research in phylogenetics allowed me to work hands on in a molecular biology lab and gain experience with DNA replication, gel electrophoresis, and other current biology research techniques.

What unique leadership opportunities have you experienced at the university? 

Last semester, I received the opportunity to work for the Cancer Survivorship Program partnered by Vidant Health and the Brody School of Medicine. There, I worked to fundraise and organize the annual Survivor’s Day event in June. I learned how to raise money, how to organize labor, and how to work with officials from around the community.

What are your career plans/aspirations? 

I hope to graduate with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing, work for awhile as a nurse in either a post-intensive care unit or a pediatrics ward, and then go on to graduate school to become a licensed family nurse practitioner.

What extracurricular activities have you participated in during your time at ECU?

While at ECU, I have taken yoga classes, been involved in a sorority, worked in a research lab, and committed myself to several internships. I have also worked as a nurse aide I at a nursing and rehabilitation facility in Williamston, a short drive from Greenville.

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

I have made a positive impact while at ECU in my relationships with my peers, my professors, and my supervisors at work. I believe that leadership is about reaching out and connecting others, engaging peers, and making an impact on one’s community. I feel that I have demonstrated this in many of the positions I’ve received an opportunity to hold through the EC Scholars program.