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EC Scholars Class of 2016

Selena Hamilton

Hometown/State: Havelock, North Carolina

Incoming EC Scholar Class (year): 2012

Scholarship(s) Awarded: Eloise "Cooker" Morton Lewis and Annie "Pat" Morton Williams East Carolina Scholars Award

Major/Intended Major: Nursing

Why did you choose to attend East Carolina University?

In the fall of my senior year of high school I met with representatives from East Carolina University, and after hearing about all the opportunities and activities offered, I was immediately drawn to the university. I visited ECU and from then on the school never left my mind. The campus was so welcoming and there was such a great feeling of community. While on campus, I was able to meet with several students and professors who were all eager to get to know me, talk with me, and answer any questions that I had. What caught my attention though was how much the university values all of its students and how much support there is for the students and for families.

What has your scholarship enabled you to do?

My scholarship has allowed me to take part in several opportunities, including leadership and volunteer opportunities. I am also able to take part in challenging courses that will help me develop my leadership skills as well as my knowledge with other motivated and passionate students. It has also given me a chance to study abroad, an amazing opportunity I wouldn't have had otherwise.

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

My sophomore year I was able to take part in the Engagement and Outreach Scholars Academy, which allowed me to intern with an ECU faculty member on a research project. With my internship I was able to do a lot of research involving the effect of fitness level of a pregnant woman on the pregnancy outcome and child health.

What unique leadership opportunities have you experienced at the university?

I've had several leadership opportunities in my classes, such as leading group discussions and projects. In addition, I have served as an Honors College Ambassador and EC Scholar Roundtable member, and I hope to have more opportunities for leadership on campus in the future. 

What are your career plans/aspirations?

I plan to become either a trauma or perioperative nurse, spending some time working in Eastern North Carolina and then hopefully traveling abroad to work.

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

Other than volunteering, I have participated in intramurals, Club Rugby, and the Rock Climbing Club.

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

I have been able to make a positive impact by volunteering at a few organizations, such as Golden Living Center, Hope Lodge, and Habitat for Humanity. I plan to continue serving the East Carolina community by participating in volunteer opportunities and student organizations on campus, and will hopefully be a leader for some of these activities.