Ryan Baucom: Aiming for a medical career
Ryan Baucom’s sights are set on medical school and he plans to major at ECU in biochemistry because of his interest in math and science. At Central Academy of Technology & Arts in Monroe, Union County’s magnet high school, he was in the medical science academy, one of six academies in the school.
Baucom of Marshville 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.
“I decided to come to ECU for financial and academic reasons,” he said. “I was accepted at UNC-Chapel Hill and ECU but was offered admittance into the Honors College at East Carolina. With the tuition scholarship as well as my interest in the college, I decided to enroll at ECU.”
In high school, Baucom has been active since his freshman year in Health Occupations Students of America attending regional and state conferences, where he received first place in the regional conference medical math competition in 2010. He was also Beta Club president for three years and student body treasurer during his senior year.
“Out of all my activities during high school, the one I have enjoyed the most would probably be Student Council,” he said. A member of the Student Council since his freshman year, Baucom has held an executive office for the past two years.
“I enjoy Student Council because it allows me to plan special events for my school that students will enjoy. We also fund raise in order to buy the senior gift and plan all of the school dances. It is gratifying when I see all of my hard work pay off in a successful school event,” Baucom said.
When he arrives at ECU, Baucom said he’s looking forward to being in a college atmosphere and meeting the other EC Scholars and Honor College students.
“I hope to spend a lot of time in the new recreation building and I have a particular interest in the ECU bass fishing team,” he said. “I am very excited about becoming an ECU pirate.”
He is the son of Wayne and Nikki Baucom of Marshville.
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.
– Jeannine Manning Hutson, ECU News Services