Georganna Gower

Georganna Lynn Gower: A step ahead

Georganna Lynn Gower says she knows what hard work and motivation can do.

"I have learned that nothing in life comes easily," she said. "To be the best, you have to be willing to work hard."

Gower, of Dunn, will be one of 15 incoming freshmen entering East Carolina University in August as EC Scholars — the most prestigious academic scholarship program the university offers.

She plans to major in exercise physiology, and then enter ECU’s physical therapy program.

She has achieved a lot already — as evidenced by her record at Triton High School.

Among those leadership positions are Gower’s role as class president her freshman, sophomore and junior years; three years on the Harnett County Schools Student-Superintendent Advisory Council; and selection in her junior year to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Program and the North Carolina Governor’s School East. She represented her church at the United Methodist Church’s Annual Conference Session, voting on resolutions presented by Methodist youth; served with the Triton Juniorettes, a high school club focused on community service and leadership; and volunteered to help special needs students at the Very Special Arts Festival.

Gower received a number of honors while in high school, including the Rotary Youth Leadership Award, Eastern Carolina AAA All-Conference Award in Women’s tennis, the N.C. High School Athletic Association Academic All Conference, National Senior Beta Club, Outstanding Achievement Award - Spanish III and the 2011 Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizens Award.

Gower applied to only one university – East Carolina.

"It helps that I love the campus so much but I also believe that ECU has the best physical therapy program in the state. It’s a win-win situation," Gower said.

"Both of my parents attended East Carolina so I’ve grown up with purple blood running through my veins," she said. Her Pirate parents are Al and Kathy Gower of Dunn.

Gower enters ECU a step ahead. This summer, she is completing a certified nursing assistant license, with plans to work as a CNA with a home health agency, while also job shadowing physical therapists to learn more about the field.

About the EC Scholars program:

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.

- Joy Manning Holster, ECU News Services