Dakota Johnson

Dakota Johnson


Future leader in medicine

Dakota Johnson grew up with dreams of attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill but after visiting East Carolina, changed his mind.

“All of the students and faculty were courteous and down to earth…ECU stood out to me and felt like home,” he said.

Johnson looks forward to meeting even more new people and is excited about being a part of Pirate nation. “ECU is the most friendly college I’ve been to and I’m happy to be a part of it.”

Johnson, of Gastonia, will be one of 15 incoming freshman entering East Carolina University in August as an EC Scholar — the most prestigious academic scholarship the university offers.

Johnson plans to major in biology and has been accepted into the Brody School of Medicine as an early assurance recipient with hopes of becoming a medical doctor. To prepare for a future in medicine, Johnson had an internship with his local hospital for one year.

Johnson has a record of being a leader within his high school and his community. For two years, he has held the role of class secretary and has served on the National Air Force Youth Teen Council. During high school, he raised $1,400 to go on a mission trip to Jamaica.

He has been recognized as a National Scholar Athlete every year for his academic accomplishments as well as his success in baseball and basketball. He was awarded as an AP Scholar with Honors his junior year and honored with membership into the National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society. His junior year, Johnson was awarded with the United States Air Force Youth of the Year award as the accomplished son of two N.C. Air National Guards.

This summer, Johnson looks forward to spending as much time with friends and family as he can. He also plans on volunteering at Camp Sertoma, a six-week summer camp for mentally handicapped citizens, for the fifth consecutive summer before taking his leadership skills to ECU in the fall.

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 and multiple 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.

– Rachel Castro, ECU News Services

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