“I have passionately pursued Indian classical music since childhood.”
Jamestown, North Carolina
The Early College at Guilford
Biology/public health studies
Family and community
Nikita Revenkar felt a connection to East Carolina University as soon as she set foot on campus.
"I felt a unique sense of belonging to a community and the presence of academic excellence," she said. "I cherish the idea of being close to my hometown, as family has always been an integral part of my life."
Community has also been a key component of Revankar's journey so far.
"Throughout middle and high school, opportunities to serve here locally and abroad have helped me define who I am today," she said.
As president of her school's chapter of HOSA Future Health Professionals, she placed first in the state and will compete this summer at the National Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida. She also looks forward to returning to campus for orientation, meeting her ECU family and spending time with own her family at home before embarking on her college career this fall.
"I feel blessed to have the opportunity to be amidst a community of some of the brightest and most passionate college students," Revankar said. "I am also proud to call home a vibrant campus that will help me build and channel my leadership experience toward serving others."
The chance to travel overseas is an important part of the EC Scholars program, she said. "Having spearheaded global health projects and studied classical music abroad, I am delighted by the opportunity to study abroad."
Revankar also was accepted into the early assurance program in medicine, which guarantees entry to ECU's Brody School of Medicine upon satisfactory completion of her undergraduate degree.
She appreciates Brody's focus on service and plans to maintain her work with Rotary, the international service organization.
In college, she wants to be involved in service-learning projects. "I have passionately pursued Indian classical music since childhood. In recent years, I have had an opportunity to give back by teaching this art form to the visually challenged in India."
Her goal is to connect service with a career in medicine to become a "physician-citizen" who is an asset to her community, country and the world at large.
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.
Revankar is the daughter of Rajan and Nina Revankar.