Destiny DeHart

Destiny DeHart: Drawn to art therapy

Destiny DeHart wants to combine her love of art and helping people into a career of art therapy. At White Oak High School in Jacksonville she was a member of the National Honor Society, served as National Art Society president, and participated in the marching band.

At East Carolina University, Destiny plans to double major in psychology and art. She attended 2010 Governors School West for art and has been recognized with several awards, including an All County Art award last year.

DeHart will be one of 15 incoming freshmen entering the university in August as EC Scholars — the most prestigious academic scholarship program the university offers.

Because of her school’s connection to ECU, DeHart already knew about the School of Art & Design’s offerings before she applied for admission. “My art program takes a field trip there every semester,” she said. “So I’ve been going to ECU for all four years of high school, a lot of my family has gone to ECU, and several of my school staff went to ECU.”

“The reason I wanted to go to ECU is the art program,” she said. “I like art therapy because of the impact that it can have on an entire community like in Philadelphia there’s a mural project. By getting the community involved in a mural, you can get them to feel better about that community and connect them.”

She added it’s a way to work with youth in need, as well. “Children are more likely to talk about their feelings through art,” she said.

DeHart said she is ready to jump into the existing community art programs at ECU, such as painting murals on old buildings. “Getting involved in that will be fantastic,” she said.

But she doesn’t plan to spend every semester in Greenville.

“As an EC Scholar, I get to travel abroad for a semester or summer. Getting to go somewhere and have an impact on that culture or them have an impact on me is exciting,” she said.

DeHart has already traveled a great deal, including trips to Spain, Morocco, Germany, France, England and Scotland (twice).

“My family used to be in the military, so we had that travel mentality,” she said. “My father did contract work for the military overseas so we traveled to see him, and then my aunt took me on a trip. We just like to travel and have that experience.”

And her favorite trip so far? “It’s hard to choose just one. The cultures were so different and great in different ways. I liked Scotland a lot because I don’t have a language barrier there and how proud the people were of their culture and their castles. I would really like to visit Mexico and see more of Spain,” she said.

Her parents are Suellen Greer of Jacksonville and David DeHart of Jacksonville, Fla.

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.

- Jeannine Manning Hutson, ECU News Services