"I want to go into medicine to help people when they are at their most vulnerable."
Concord, North Carolina
Mount Pleasant High School
Making dreams take flight
Taylor Malachowski said the first time she walked onto East Carolina University's campus she knew it was home despite the rainy day that greeted her after a long drive from Concord.
"During the first hour of my visit, I was excited about the idea of possibly being a part of the Honors College and spending the next four years with people who love to learn as much as I do," said Malachowski.
As one of 20 incoming freshmen who will enroll as an EC Scholar this fall, Malachowski, 18, will receive an Honors College scholarship for four years, along with a stipend for study abroad, for a total value of $62,000.
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.
"Being an EC Scholar means I know a full staff of people are behind me that want to see my dreams take flight, and that is a huge deal to me," said Malachowski.
While at ECU, Malachowski plans to major in biology and aspires to attend medical school after graduation to become an orthopedic surgeon.
"I want to go into medicine to help people when they are at their most vulnerable," she said.
Malachowski chose ECU because she grew up in a small town where her high school was a big part of the community, and she had the same feeling when she saw the relationship between Greenville and ECU.
While at ECU, Malachowski looks forward to becoming involved with the HOSA club, attending sporting events and having the opportunity to study abroad. After completing four levels of Spanish during high school, she is interested in testing her skills in a Spanish-speaking country or learning more about the culture of medical care in Japan.
Over the summer, she will spend time with her family and hopes to go on a special adventure with her father.
"I plan on going skydiving with my dad because we have always talked about jumping out of a plane since I was 12 or 13 years old," Malachowski said.
She is the daughter of Jeff and LuAnn Malachowski.