“I would like to work with an underserved population in North Carolina to help those that would really benefit from having a medical professional nearby.”
Cary, North Carolina
Athens Drive Magnet High School
Public health studies and statistics
Freedom to explore
Dana Shefet wants to make a big impact on campus - to ensure she's equipped to make a difference in the future on community and global scales.
As one of the newest EC Scholars, Shefet, 17, plans to get involved in as many facets of student life on campus as possible, from a volunteer sorority to Student Government and Pirates for Israel, an Israel-advocacy group on campus. She also hopes to be involved with Pirates Promoting Community Wellness, a program started by a former EC Scholar that connects ECU students with volunteer and leadership opportunities for the promotion of wellness locally and globally. She hopes to weave her extracurricular activities into her busy academic life.
"I am excited to immerse myself in ECU's student life," Shefet said. "And the opportunities I receive as a scholar are unmatched-partaking in honors college seminars, undergraduate research, internships and a study abroad experience."
EC Scholars is 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. Recipients receive an Honors College scholarship for four years, along with a stipend for study abroad, for a total value of almost $62,000.
The opportunities provided by the scholarship will also allow Shefet the freedom to explore avenues for learning off campus and beyond the United States. The aspiring general practice physician is considering studying abroad in Europe for enrichment in the health care field.
"I want to learn about the health care systems in different parts of the world," she said. "I would like to travel to Europe and explore the advancements of medicine in various countries and how these can be brought back to underserved communities."
Before she begins her journeys, Shefet will spend her summer working as a camp counselor and assistant dance coach at the URJ 6 Points Sports Academy in Greensboro. She will also spend time with friends and family before heading to ECU for the fall semester.
Shefet feels confident she is on the right track, beginning with her choice to attend East Carolina.
"I knew that at ECU I would be more than just another student," she said. "I knew that everyone on campus would be there to help me maximize my potential and allow me to flourish as an individual."
Shefet is the daughter of Sigal Shefet and Dr. Sarid Shefet.