Ready to impact lives
Morgan Harvey wants to have an impact on people’s lives – through her talent of training dogs.
Harvey’s dream has always been to open a dog-training facility and also work with service dogs for people with disabilities. She hopes her experience and the opportunity available to her at East Carolina University will make that dream a reality.
“Training my own dog and working as an obedience instructor, I have really discovered a passion that I hope to keep in my life as a career that I can share with others,” she said.
“Getting an education in business management and marketing will really prepare me for the challenge of owning my own business.”
Harvey, 18, of Raleigh, will be one of 20 incoming freshmen entering ECU in August as EC Scholars – the most prestigious academic scholarship program the university offers.
She is a senior AP Scholar of Distinction at Enloe Magnet High School, and plans to double major in marketing and management, with a concentration in small business entrepreneurship.
Being part of the Honors College as an EC Scholar appeals to Harvey. “Some of the major appeals of ECU to me are the emphasis on studying abroad, the commitment to giving back to the community and the support program throughout the Honors and EC Scholars programs,” she said.
Before she begins at ECU in the fall, Harvey will travel the state with her dog, Bear, performing in agility course competitions. Last December, she placed third out of 50 junior handler teams in the American Kennel Club National Junior Agility Competition.
Her commitment to excellence and service, however, extends beyond training dogs. She co-founded Artspace8s, a non-profit organization that connects high school art students with artists in the community. As club president, she also organized many fundraising events for an outreach program that would help underprivileged children experience the joy of art.
Whether it’s training dogs or finding avenues for art appreciation, Harvey is ready to begin her journey at ECU.
“I have always pushed myself to take on the extra challenge, and see that it is one of the many qualities that I share with my fellow EC Scholars students,” she said. “As I toured campus, I could see myself as a Pirate and felt right at home, a part of a family already.”
She is the daughter of Ed and Christina Harvey.
– Spaine Stephens