Jessica Rogers of Nashville is among 20 incoming freshmen selected for the prestigious EC Scholars program at East Carolina University.
The four-year merit scholarship recognizes outstanding academic performance, commitment to community engagement and strong leadership skills. Recipients receive a scholarship for four years, along with a stipend for study abroad, for a total value of approximately $61,000.
Rogers, a senior at Nash Central High School, plans to major in musical theatre at ECU. She wants to be a performer as well as a private coach.
“I’ve been singing since I was about 3 years old, and the idea of getting on stage and becoming someone else while singing has always been something that’s fascinated me,” Rogers said. “It’s fun because there are so many layers to it. Not only do you have to be able to sing, act and dance, but you also have to be able to look into the psychology of people and understand why people act the way they do - what their motivations are.”
Before starting at ECU this fall, Rogers plans to spend most of her summer volunteering at children’s performing arts camps in Rocky Mount and Wilson. A 2012 graduate of the Governor’s School of North Carolina – a summer residential program for intellectually gifted high school students – Rogers also hopes to make a return visit to her alma mater so she can meet the newest class.
The daughter of Scott and Amy Rogers, Rogers said she is excited to follow in the footsteps of her mom, who holds three degrees from ECU.
“I’m so excited to become a Pirate and to join my mother as a Pirate,” she said.
The entering 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 class has an average combined math/verbal SAT score of 1336 and an average unweighted GPA of 3.93.