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About the Award
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Hometown/State: Louisburg, NC
Incoming EC Scholar Class (year): 2012
Scholarship(s) Awarded: Bate Special Funds
Major/Intended Major: Management of Information Systems
I chose ECU because of the close-knit community the Honors College and the EC Scholars program creates. Walking onto this campus and seeing how all of the Honors College staff already knew my name made me feel more comfortable with the transition to college. It makes me feel like I matter and am more than just another student at the university.
The EC Scholars scholarship has allowed me to attend a major four-year
university cost free. This takes a huge burden off of my family. In the future
this scholarship will allow me to study abroad which would not be possible
without this scholarship. Finally, the EC Scholars program also allows me to
help better Eastern North Carolina. It has also allowed me to study abroad
which was one of the most impactful things in my life. I traveled to Germany,
Italy, Austria, Switzerland, and France. A trip like that would have never been
possible for me with the EC Scholars program.
I participated in undergraduate research on a team with two other EC
Scholars where we researched the benefits of eco-tourism in Windsor, NC. Our
project focused on designing and planning a feasible way to implement a
treehouse village along the Cashie River. Its purpose was to draw tourists to
the Windsor area and help the town economically because it is struggling like
many other rural towns in Eastern North Carolina.
The EC Scholars program not focuses on academics, but tries to mold us
into the future leaders we will become. Throughout my four years at the ECU, EC
Scholars will provide me with substantial unique leadership opportunities. During
my first year, I became involved with ECU's Ducks Unlimited chapter. I used my
leadership skills learned from the first Honors class to help the organization
in any way possible. That leadership
experience helped me achieve the Vice Presidency of ECU's chapter and will
allow me this year to effectively help lead a student organization.
Within my major there are different concentrations. I plan to
concentrate on the security aspect of Information Technology. With this
concentration my career plans are to work with the Federal government and keep
their networks safe and secure.
I am currently involved with the Pirate Chapter Ducks Unlimited which
is ECU's colligate chapter of the non-profit organization. For the 2013 fiscal
year we were ranked third in the nation and first in the state for fundraising.
The chapter raised approximately $55,000 for conservation.
Through the many service projects in which the EC Scholars
participate, a positive reputation is placed upon the University. These service
projects also positively impact the surrounding community of Eastern North
Carolina through these projects.