Passionate about helping others
Shayna Mooney has the next several years of her life mapped out.
Mooney, of Greenville, will attend East Carolina University through the school’s most prestigious undergraduate scholarship, the East Carolina Scholars program. She plans to major in biology and neuroscience and minor in international studies.
But that’s not all. Mooney also has been accepted into the early assurance program at the Brody School of Medicine at ECU. That means if she meets certain academic requirements she will be admitted to medical school at ECU after college graduation without having to compete with other applicants or take the Medical College Admission Test, a five-hour examination of writing, science and reasoning skills.
“Being able to know you have a spot reserved in medical school … is a stress reliever, and I can explore other disciplines I want to in college,” Mooney said.
Mooney is the daughter of Dr. Nick and Duhita Mooney. Her honors, awards and organizational participation and leadership at South Central High School take up two printed sheets of paper and include a first place award at the science Olympiad, the highest overall grade-point average in the Pitt County Health Sciences Academy and the N.C. Board of Education Outstanding State Leader.
Last June, she was elected to the eight-member National Executive Council of Health Occupations Students of America.
Her aim is to become a primary care physician and said Brody is “the perfect fit for me because they have one of the best primary care programs in the country.”
Mooney also said she loves science and has been pursuing that subject during the past year by working in the laboratory of Dr. David Tulis, an associate professor of physiology at the Brody School of Medicine. She quickly gained an understanding of theories and processes such that she’s listed as a co-author on several works including a scientific manuscript being submitted for review.
“She’s awesome,” Tulis said. “This next year as an ECU freshman, Shayna will face many challenges, yet I have full confidence that she will tackle those challenges and will succeed.”
Mooney is looking forward to starting college, meeting new people and studying with her classmates. She’s also anticipating the service opportunities her scholarship will bring.
“I have a big heart, and I’m passionate about helping others,” Mooney said. “Also, I love science. That’s my favorite subject in school, specifically biology.
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.
– Doug Boyd, ECU News Services