"Being an EC Scholar makes me happy that I worked so hard in high school, because now I am exactly where I want to be."
Greenville, North Carolina
J.H. Rose High School
Making a difference
As a child, Breanna Alligood began learning the instruments used in treating the spine and its basic components from her father, a medical device salesperson. Those experiences sparked her interest in becoming a doctor.
"At 8 years old, I sat with my dad holding a pro-disk of the cervical spine. Ten years later, I saw a spine on a table in the operating room," said Alligood.
This fall, Alligood will enter ECU as one of 20 EC Scholars and will receive an Honors College scholarship for four years, along with a stipend for study abroad, for a total value of $62,000. The the most prestigious undergraduate award program at ECU, the four-year merit scholarship recognizes outstanding academic performance, commitment to community engagement and strong leadership skills.
"Being an EC Scholar makes me happy that I worked so hard in high school, because now I am exactly where I want to be," said Alligood. "The Honors College and EC Scholars program are a family that I am thrilled to be a part of."
She also is an alternate for the early assurance program in the Brody School of Medicine.
"When comparing educational opportunities at ECU, there really is no comparison. ECU, for me, was the clear choice," said Alligood.
At J.H. Rose High School in Greenville, she serves as president of the senior class and the school's chapter of the National Honors Society. She said the JH Rose Ball Drop, a fundraiser she coordinated to help a teacher battling cancer, was her greatest achievement. Alligood said fear of the event failing nearly stopped her from even trying but she persevered and raised more than $2,000 with the help of other students.
"I knew through all the fear I had faced, it was worth it. I learned that when your heart is invested, one person really can make a difference," said Alligood.
This summer she plans to work, spend time with her family and shadow physicians at Vidant Medical Center. Once at ECU, she looks forward to being involved in research, participating in the student-led Relay for Life event and studying abroad in Spain.
Alligood, 18, is the daughter of ECU alumni Tommy and Mary Alligood.