Kali Harrison

Kali Harrison: Headed for nursing

Kali Harrison will be doing her usual activities this summer: babysitting, checking out customers at Food Lion, reading and hanging out with friends near the water.

She is looking forward to some new things too.

After graduation, she takes her first-ever cruise to the Caribbean with her aunt and uncle. This fall, she’ll enter East Carolina University as an EC Scholar, move into Garrett Dorm and room with one of her best friends, Lauren Kelly, who will be an Honors College student.

"I’m really looking forward to all the people I get to meet, and I’m really excited about ECU football, tailgating and social events," said Harrison, who lives in Davidson with parents Jennifer and Scott Harrison and brother, Kyle.

Her mind was set on ECU after visiting campus. "I just like the feel," Harrison said. "Everyone is so friendly and outgoing."

Her father works with several ECU alumni, who are happy she will become a Pirate.

Harrison plans on a nursing career, although she has considered medical school too. She volunteered last summer at Levine Children’s Hospital at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, where she saw nurses interact and get to know their patients. "I want that personal connection with patients," said Harrison, who hopes to volunteer at Pitt County Memorial Hospital while she is a student.

She is in the top 15 percent of her 450-member graduating class at Lake Norman High School, where she has played soccer, served on student council and the prom committee and been a member of the National Honors Society and Beta Club.

She also has been captain of her travel soccer team, which meant almost daily practices and year round weekend games in towns from Pennsylvania to Florida. The team even traveled to Germany and Denmark to play her sophomore year. "We’re pretty close. They’re my other family," Harrison said.

She is an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church and Cove Church and has been a speaker and youth leader at Chrysalis, a teen Christian retreat.

When she comes to ECU, she’ll bring her outgoing personality and leadership skills, developed through her participation in many extracurricular, community and volunteer activities.

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.

- Crystal Baity, ECU News Services