Clare Howerton

Clare M. Howerton: Headed for healing

A summer internship led Clare M. Howerton to her career goal: healing.

She shadowed a physician specializing in ear, nose and throat disorders. "I enjoyed meeting all the people who worked in the hospital," she said, "but I especially loved watching him do surgeries. Since then, I’ve wanted to find a career in the medical field."

Howerton, of Smithfield, 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 biochemistry at ECU, with hopes of attending medical school after graduation.

Howerton studied at the North Carolina School of Science and Math in Durham from 2009 to 2011. While there she helped edit the yearbook; interned in communications; worked part-time as a cafeteria server and a teacher assistant; and participated in varsity cross country, varsity swimming, Teen Democrats, Environmental Club and Dance Ensemble.

From 2007 to 2009, she attended Smithfield Selma Senior High School in Smithfield, where she excelled in both academics and community outreach. She volunteered with the Johnston County Domestic Violence program, working with children in families touched by domestic violence. She organized a neighborhood food drive to benefit the local women’s shelter, was active in American Red Cross blood drives and volunteered at Johnston Memorial Hospital.

Honors Howerton received while at Smithfield Selma Senior High include the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Award and selection among the top three finalists in the Donald Hayman Rotary Against Drugs Speech Contest. She participated in the Science Club, Drama Club, HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America), Yearbook Club, Winter Guard, cross country and varsity swimming.

She attended Duke University’s Talent Identification Program weekend, which focused on medicine in America, as well as summer program on neuroscience at the University of Georgia.

Howerton will enter ECU well-prepared for college study. Last summer, she studied advanced anatomy in courses offered by Appalachian State University. This summer, Howerton will work full-time and take classes in a certified nursing assistant program and in basic life support for healthcare providers.

She is the daughter of Tom and Joy Howerton of Smithfield.

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