Five high school seniors from Craven, Nash and Pitt counties are among 20 incoming freshmen selected for the prestigious EC Scholars program at East Carolina University.
The recipients, announced this week, include Joanna Paul and Austin Phillips, both of Greenville, Jessica Rogers of Nashville, Cameron Worthington of Winterville and Nadiya Yerich of New Bern.
Paul, who is the daughter of Nancy and Ravi Paul, will come to ECU following a rigorous home-school curriculum at Aristos Academy that included extracurricular activities and service to the community. She wants to use a career as a physician assistant or nurse practitioner to provide care to the underserved.
Phillips, a J.H. Rose High School senior, is an intended communication major. His parents are LuAnne and Mark Phillips. This summer, Phillips will be announcing Greenville Little League baseball games at Elm Street Park after working with high school students at a Young Life camp in Georgia.
Rogers, a senior at Nash Central High School, plans to major in musical theatre at ECU. She wants to be a performer as well as a private coach. Rogers plans to spend most of her summer volunteering at children’s performing arts camps in Rocky Mount and Wilson. She is the daughter of Scott and Amy Rogers.
Worthington, who will graduate from D.H. Conley High School, has been identified as an alternate for the Early Assurance Program in Medicine, in which students are guaranteed entry into the Brody School of Medicine at ECU upon completion of their undergraduate degrees. He is the son of Phil and Tammy Worthington.
Yerich, who is the daughter of Iya Shchutska and Jeffrey Krueger of New Bern, plans to major in biomedical engineering, attend medical school and become a family physician. She is a senior at Havelock High School.
The EC Scholars is the university’s most prestigious undergraduate academic scholarship program. The four-year merit scholarship recognizes outstanding academic performance, commitment to community engagement and strong leadership skills. Recipients are admitted to ECU’s Honors College and receive a scholarship for four years, along with a stipend for study abroad, for a total value of approximately $61,000.
The entering 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 class has an average combined math/verbal SAT score of 1336 and an average unweighted GPA of 3.93.