Brinkley-Lane Scholar: Haleigh Long

Haleigh Long was drawn to the inviting environment she felt the moment she stepped foot onto East Carolina University’s campus. The 18-year-old from Farmville had toured several universities but knew that ECU was different.

“I am going into the engineering program and was blown away by the level of engagement and collaboration the professors have with their students,” she said.

Being named a Brinkley-Lane Scholar made her choice even easier. The most prestigious undergraduate award program offered at ECU, Brinkley-Lane Scholars receive a fully funded education, covering the cost of tuition, fees, room and board for both in-state and out-of-state students, in addition to high impact experiences and a $5,000 study abroad stipend. The scholarship recognizes outstanding academic performance, commitment to community and engagement and strong leadership skills, which Long is excited to hone during her time at ECU.

“I have always been a leader at heart but having the opportunity to grow and improve my leadership skills is something I look forward to,” she said. “I never in a million years thought I would be honored with this scholarship, and I am so blessed and grateful that I was.”

Long has an affinity for math and science and always preferred STEM courses in school, leading to her interest in pursuing an engineering degree.

“I love to do math, be creative and problem solve, so engineering feels like a natural fit as this profession affords many different opportunities that will allow me to explore careers that will impact our society,” she said.

During her years at Farmville Central High School, Long was on the track, tennis and varsity softball teams. She is already exploring ways to stay active while at ECU, and has expressed interest in the university’s club sports program, specifically the dance and tennis teams. Making connections and friends in a variety of areas is important to her, and she plans to join a sorority in the fall to that end.

She hasn’t made definitive plans for her study abroad experience yet but knows what atmosphere she prefers.

“When I found out that I would be allowed the opportunity to study abroad, I immediately knew I wanted to go somewhere warm and tropical,” she said. “I will most likely end up somewhere that has a beach and warm weather. Italy also sounds like a nice option.”

Before jumping into the demands of college this fall, Long is eager to enjoy her summer to the fullest with plenty of beach days.

“I plan to relax and just be a kid,” she said. “I am also looking forward to having a break from school to hang out with my friends and family and will spend as much quality time as possible with my pets as I will miss them so much in the fall.”

Long is the daughter of Martin and Alexis Long of Farmville.

“I have always been a leader at heart but having the opportunity to grow and improve my leadership skills is something I look forward to.”

High school: Farmville Central High School

Intended major: Engineering

Current City: Farmville

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