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A leader in service
The opportunity to be an EC Scholar drew Joshua Griffin to East Carolina University as opposed to other schools he considered.
ECU’s welcoming faculty was another factor, he said.
“I knew many of the professors and students at ECU because I have done campus tours and met with engineering groups, and everyone I met was so accommodating.”
Griffin, the son of Richard and Regina Griffin of Greenville, will be one of 15 incoming freshman entering East Carolina University in August as an EC Scholar — the most prestigious academic scholarship program the university offers.
Griffin plans on studying biology in order to become an interventional radiologist. He was chosen as one of 15 Pitt County high school seniors who participated in a year-long Honors Medicine course that included attending weekly seminars and conducting research with the assistance of a faculty mentor during this past academic year at ECU’s Brody School of Medicine.
He was ranked 3rd in his class at D.H. Conley High School and represented the school in the Hugh O’Brian Leadership program. He was a member of the National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, National Math Honor Society, Career and Technical Honor Society, National Society of High School Scholars and was named an AP Scholar with Distinction.
Griffin worked closely with the Health Occupational Students of America, a health sciences club and with the Health Science Academy. He volunteered to raise money for his high school club, Close up, and also raised money so that his classmate and friend could attend the weeklong field trip to Washington, D.C. He also raised money for the Ronald McDonald House and was honored with the Presidential Volunteer Service award.
This summer Griffin plans on participating in Indian summer, a camp in the western part of the state where participants enjoy traditional American Indian activities such as craft making, beadwork and dance. He also looks forward to a trip to Florida before joining his fellow EC Scholars at 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