Hometown/State: Louisburg, NC
Incoming EC Scholar Class (year): 2012
Scholarship(s) Awarded: Bate Special Funds
Major/Intended Major: Management of Information Systems
Why did you choose to attend East Carolina University?
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.
What has your scholarship enabled you to do?
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.
What special undergraduate research opportunities have you experienced at the university?
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.
What unique leadership opportunities have you experienced at the university?
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.
What are your career plans/aspirations?
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.
What extracurricular activities have you participated in during your time at ECU?
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.
How have you made a positive impact while you have been at East Carolina University?
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.