Bound for pediatric nursing
A summer enrichment camp at East Carolina University in 2011 prepared Meghan Boop of Cary to earn top grades in math and science her senior year of high school – academic achievements that positioned her to become an EC Scholar.
“I was in a program at ECU called Summer Ventures where you get chosen based on academic merit in science and math,” she said. “The camps are held at four (UNC campuses) and I was lucky to be placed at ECU. It was hard; we studied six days a week. Then I realized that the professors who were teaching us – who were just great – they were giving their summers, free, to help us.
“And I figured if these people are willing to teach for free during the summer, the ones I would have (in Honors College) must be fantastic.”
Boop, 18, will be one of 20 incoming freshman entering ECU in August as EC Scholars – the most prestigious academic scholarship program the university offers.
It was on a subsequent tour of ECU’s Health Sciences Campus when the Panther Creek High School graduate decided on a career.
“When I saw the medical school and that entire side of campus, I was just very impressed with everything they have to offer the students, the labs and all the new facilities. It was cool to think I could be involved with that in a few years. They talked about the amazing research the students get to be involved with, and I was excited to think I could be a person who could make a difference through research.”
She plans to study nursing, and will likely focus on pediatrics.
Boop played soccer at Panther Creek and was named to the Tri-Nine Second Team All Conference. She received scholarship offers to continue playing for some smaller colleges. She said she was tempted to accept but decided to focus solely on academics. “I probably will go out for club soccer at ECU because I have been playing soccer since I was five and I really enjoy it.”
A member of Panther Creek’s National Honor Society, the Environmental Club and the Varsity Club, Boop volunteers as a tutor for elementary school pupils. “It feels good helping kids that need that extra push academically,” she said. She also has been involved with school blood drives and teacher appreciation events.
She has an older sister who just graduated from Appalachian State and a twin brother who will be attending N.C. State this fall. “I can’t wait ‘til we stomp them in football,” she said.
Boop said she knows it will be hard to make the transition to college life but she’s excited to start the journey. “I just like the campus where you can walk all over. With the downtown so close, it has a big town feel but at ECU it just felt like a family, everyone was so close knit.”
— Steve Tuttle