Brenna Owens

Ashley Brenna Owens: No longer just a spectator

Ashley Brenna Owens, born and raised in Greenville, was uncertain if she wanted to stay close to home for college. Her first visit to East Carolina University‘s campus made up her mind.

“I had always been a spectator in this college town but after I visited the school, I knew I needed to part of Pirate nation,” she said.

Owens will be one of 15 incoming freshman entering East Carolina University in August as an EC Scholar — the most prestigious academic scholarship the university offers.

 “I was humbled that I had been singled out as an EC Scholar, and I didn’t feel like just another number at this school,” she said.

Her goal is to major in biochemistry in hopes of becoming a biomedical researcher. She wants to work closely with stem cell research.

Owens excelled at Greenville’s J.H. Rose High School. She was a member of the National Honor Society her junior and senior years; the Science Honor Society her sophomore, junior and senior years; the National English Honor Society her senior year; was recognized as an AP Scholar with Honor her junior year; and was named an N.C. Scholar Athlete her freshman year.

Owens also served as president of Alpha Beta, a math honor society that enabled her to participate in Math Across Greenville. Through this field trip, she and fellow classmates traveled to different schools and led elementary school students in math reviews and activities.

Owens has a record of community involvement in high school. She was a volunteer for the Wilson Medical Center her sophomore year, the Wilson County Association of Retarded Citizens her freshman year, and during her final year in high school.

Owens was away at N.C. Governor’s School last summer, so she is looking forward to a summer in Greenville. She plans on becoming more involved in her church by teaching a weekly bible class and plans trips to the beach and mountains with her family before beginning her duties as a pirate in the fall.

About EC Scholars

EC Scholars exhibit outstanding academic performance and effective leadership skills. They have opportunities to contribute to faculty-led research studies, engagement in the community andmultiple service activities.
The amount awarded to scholarship recipients is $40,000 ($5,000 per semester for eight continuous semesters). In addition, EC Scholars are provided with a $5,000 stipend to help support their required study abroad experience.

The entering Class of 2015 EC Scholar recipients have completed a rigorous three-tier selection process that includes: meeting the Honors College admissions criteria, having an additional faculty review and completing an on-campus interview.  The incoming EC Scholar recipients have an average math/verbal SAT score of 1307 and an average unweighted GPA of 3.89.

- Rachel Castro, ECU News Services