Ec Scholars Honors College

“I chose ECU because I knew that ECU would challenge me as an individual and as a student while preparing me for a career in the medical field.”

Hope Mills, North Carolina

High School:
Cumberland Polytechnic High School 

Intended Major:
Public health studies (pre-health professions concentration)

Class of 2021

Chelsea Lennon
Rising to the challenge

Chelsea Lennon already has a vision of serving the medical needs of women in countries with inadequate care.

"My ultimate dream is to travel around the world treating women who don't have access to safe, reliable health care and building clinics specifically for women in underdeveloped countries," she said.

She plans to major in public health studies and eventually attend medical school.

"I want to pursue a career in the medical field because doing so will allow me to combine my two greatest passions of medicine and serving others," she said. She wants to specialize in obstetrics and gynecology.

This summer, she plans to continue to job-shadow at her local hospital and volunteer with organizations such as the Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity while preparing for her transition to college this fall. She plans to continue that level of involvement at ECU.

"I hope to get involved in Student Government Association since this was such a huge part of my high school career," Lennon said. "I also hope to get involved with ECU Leads and similar leadership opportunities as well as various student organizations related to my major or the field of medicine."

Lennon said she chose ECU because she knew it would challenge her as an individual and as a student.

"I knew that ECU would equip me with a first-class education in an environment with likeminded students who are just as committed to their education as I am," she said.

She plans to use her study-abroad experience to learn about health care systems in other countries. Possible destinations include Switzerland, Chile and Finland.

"The most exciting aspect of the EC Scholars program is that it will allow me to become a part of a lifelong family of strong support and guidance," Lennon said.

EC Scholars is the most prestigious undergraduate award program offered at ECU. The four-year merit scholarship recognizes outstanding academic performance, commitment to community engagement and strong leadership skills. Recipients receive an Honors College scholarship for four years, along with a stipend for study abroad, for a total value of almost $62,000. Lennon is an alternate for the early assurance program in the Brody School of Medicine.

Lennon is the daughter of Chris and Adrian Lennon.

-Jules Norwood