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About the Award
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Hometown/State: Raleigh, North Carolina
Incoming EC Scholar Class (year): 2012
Scholarship(s) Awarded: Dowdy Student Stores East Carolina Scholars Award
Major/Intended Major: Nutrition Science
I was initially attracted to ECU because of its accredited nutrition program, but the Honors College and the EC Scholars Program were what ultimately made me decide to attend. ECU is a large university, but these programs have made it feel smaller and less daunting. I am able to enjoy the feeling of being part of a small community while still enjoying the all of the benefits of being on such a large campus.
My scholarship has allowed me to make the most of my
undergraduate experience without worrying about the cost of attending
college. I have also been provided with
a great deal of support and encouragement to explore a variety of subjects. My
major is science-based, but my scholarship has allowed me to pursue other
interests such as travel, theatre, and literature through opportunities like
seminars, living-learning trips, and studying abroad.
As a sophomore, I was part of a team of students and professors from
the Department of Nutrition researching nutrition education in Head Start
preschool programs across the state. In October, I will present my findings in
a poster session at the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo in Atlanta. For
my EC Scholars Research Internship, I worked with a team to conduct an
evaluation of a health coaching program in Beaufort County.
I have served on the
Recruitment, Philanthropy, and Marketing Committees for the Honors Ambassadors.
I also serve with the Worship Team for Merge ECU, and I am the Networking and
Recruitment Chair for the Student Dietetic Association. For the past two years,
I have been a student leader for Honors College Service Day.
After completing my
BS in Nutrition and Dietetics, I plan to complete a dietetic internship and
pass the exam required to become a Registered Dietitian. My goal is to work as
a pediatric RD. I would also like to earn a MS in Nutrition.
Since my freshman year, I have been an active member of the Honors
Ambassadors, Student Dietetic Association, and Merge ECU (formerly Baptist
Campus Ministry). I also hope to be able to shadow or volunteer with a
registered dietitian at Vidant Medical Center.
I have had many opportunities to
volunteer with organizations and agencies on and near campus, including Dowdy
Student Stores, Golden Living, the McConnell-Raab Hope Lodge, Habitat for
Humanity, and the Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge. Since my school and
community have given so much to me, I am grateful for every opportunity to give