The East Carolina University Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences has announced the 2011-12 Moldin Scholarship recipients. They are Greenville native and chemistry major Sarah Howell Kinsley, and Los Angeles, Calif., native and dual biology and chemistry major Quan Nguyen.
The Moldin Scholarship, established in 2006 by ECU alumni Richard and Nancy Moldin, provides a $2,000 annual scholarship to two rising juniors enrolled full-time in the Department of Chemistry or the Department of Biology, with a minimum 2.5 GPA and demonstrated financial need. The $2,000 monetary award is available for one academic year – $1,000 each semester – and is renewable through the recipient’s senior year, upon maintenance of the scholarship eligibility criteria.
Kinsley, who received the scholarship during her junior year in 2010-11, has been selected for renewal of the scholarship during her 2011-12 senior year.
“It feels great to be rewarded for my hard work,” said Kinsley. “I am excited to be able to only work one job next semester and be able to focus more on my last two semesters as an undergraduate.”
In addition to her studies in chemistry, Kinsley is minoring in biology and Hispanic studies. She also remains active in ECU activities and organizations. Kinsley is a chemistry tutor with the ECU Pirate Tutoring Center, has participated in ECU’s Relay for Life the past two years and is a member of the Student Pirate Club. She also is a member of the ECU Chancellor’s List, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Golden Key National Honor Society and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.
It is Kinsley’s goal upon graduation to attend dental school “possibly at ECU,” she says.
Nguyen, the second recipient who begins his junior year at ECU this fall, is perusing a dual major in biology and chemistry.
“I feel amazing to have been chosen for this scholarship,” said Nguyen. “I know it’s a prestigious honor, and I can not wait to uphold that honor in a true pirate fashion.”
While pursuing his biology and chemistry degrees, Nguyen has been involved in a number of on-campus and community activities. Nguyen is a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society and the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. In addition, he has been active within Delta Delta Sigma, the pre-dental honor society. Nguyen says he frequently volunteers at the NC Missions of Mercy dental clinics, is an unaffiliated tutor for high school-level science and math courses and frequently attends Sunday mass at the Newman Center on campus.
Upon completion of his degrees in May 2013, it is Nguyen’s goal to continue his education by attending dental school, where he plans to study to become an orthodontist.
The Moldins, who established the scholarship, reside in Wilmington. Richard Moldin is an employee of Metrics, Inc., in Greenville. He received his bachelor of science and master of science degrees in chemistry from ECU in 1970 and ‘73 respectively, as well as a master in business administration in ‘76. Nancy Moldin is a 1973 graduate of the ECU School of Music, with a bachelor of music degree in music education.