“As an EC Scholar, I feel that I will be pushed to my fullest potential, and that will lead to a successful future because of a great program.”
Denver, North Carolina
East Lincoln High School
Love of music
Malinda Massey knew she was destined to be an East Carolina University music major the first time she came to campus.
"The first time I ever stepped foot onto campus was for 'Selection Sunday,' and I instantly fell in love," Massey said. "I have chosen music education as my major because of my love and passion for music-I have learned so much from being a student involved with music, and I want to share my love and passion for music with others."
Invited candidates interview on Selection Sunday to become one of 20 EC Scholars, the most prestigious undergraduate award program at the university. 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.
One from a set of quadruplets, Massey says the EC Scholar award alleviates some financial concerns and marks the beginning of life apart from her siblings.
"Being an EC Scholar removes a number of financial constraints that generally tie down college students, which will allow me to laser focus my attention on being the best possible student rather than stress over how to make ends meet," she said. "And as a quadruplet, this has allowed me to differentiate myself from my siblings as we continue on our own individual paths of life."
Massey takes seriously the obligation that comes with the EC Scholar experience.
"This also means that I am a role model for the university, and that it is my responsibility to carry on the mark that other scholars have left to be fulfilled," she said. "I consider it an honor to be given this opportunity, and I intend to use every resource available as a scholar to be successful in my educational career."
She says she's looking forward to getting involved with the marching, concert and jazz bands at ECU as well as learning more about the trumpet and playing in a college ensemble.
And that's not all.
"I would also like to get involved in intramural sports and multiple clubs," she adds.
Massey is unsure what study abroad experience she will pursue as an EC Scholar, but this summer she will join her family in a special trip before she and her 17-year-old siblings part for college.
"My siblings and I all graduate from high school, and my mom is turning 50, so to celebrate she has planned a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Europe," she said. "I'm also going to make sure to cherish every moment I get with my family, because my siblings and I will all be split up as we move off to school."
Malinda is the daughter of Mary Ann and Scott Massey.