Kristen Fulcher



Aspiring neurosurgeon

Kristen Fulcher plans to spend the next four years at East Carolina University taking advantage of opportunities for leadership, academic development and community service.

The Wake Forest senior is one of 20 incoming freshmen entering ECU in August as EC Scholars – the most prestigious academic scholarship program the university offers.

Fulcher, 17, will graduate next month from Franklin Academy. She plans to major in biology and Spanish. Her goal is to attend medical school after graduation and become a neurosurgeon. She also wants to become fluent in Spanish so she can better treat the Spanish-speaking population in her medical practice.

Fulcher has a long list of high school activities and accomplishments: salutatorian, recipient of the Robert L. Luddy merit scholarship, president of Math Honor Society, vice president of Spanish Honor Society and Dance Honor Society, member of National Honor Society and more.

One of her passions is dance, and she has worked as an assistant dance teacher at The Dance Attic in Wake Forest since ninth grade. She also has taken part in local, regional and national dance competitions, danced in the Rolesville and Wake Forest Christmas parades and performed dances at various events in Wake Forest.

Fulcher said she chose ECU because of what the university and the EC Scholars program have to offer.

“To me, being an EC Scholar means having an abundance of opportunities, whether they be based on research or volunteering, available to take full advantage of,” she said.

“As an EC Scholar, I will also be a leader among my fellow Pirates and within the community. Additionally, I am looking forward to living in the Honors College dorm with a group of students who share my academic interests.” she said.

She is the daughter of Mike and Sherry Fulcher.

— Doug Boyd

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 2016 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 combined math/verbal SAT score of 1346 and an average unweighted GPA of 3.89.