Brinkley-Lane Scholar: Michael Greer

From the moment Brinkley-Lane Scholar Michael Greer stepped foot on campus at East Carolina University, he felt like he belonged. The sense of belonging was one of the biggest factors in Greer choosing to make ECU his college home.

“During my first visit, I was immediately and warmly welcomed by both students and staff,” said Greer. “When touring the campus, I felt a sense of belonging and hospitality that I had never experienced at a university before. The combination of wonderful opportunities, a positive atmosphere and respect for people as individuals made me realize that this was the school where I belong.”

The Hickory native was selected as a Brinkley-Lane Scholar and plans to double major in biology and chemistry with the goal of becoming a dentist, a profession he has aspired to since he was 4 years old.

“Being a Brinkley-Lane Scholar means being a learner, leader and servant to others,” said Greer. “As a learner, not only do I want to push myself academically, but I also want to learn from my fellow scholars and better myself as a person. As a Brinkley-Lane Scholar, I want to distinguish myself as a great leader by not only setting a good example for my peers but also by being a servant to my fellow human beings.”

Brinkley-Lane Scholars is the most prestigious undergraduate award program offered at ECU. The four-year merit scholarship recognizes outstanding academic performance, commitment to community engagement and strong leadership skills. Recipients receive a fully funded education, covering the cost of tuition, fees, room and board for both in-state and out-of-state students and unique high-impact experiences, as well as the ability to explore the world with a $5,000 study abroad stipend. Scholars benefit from access to an array of leadership opportunities, research with award-winning faculty and a robust alumni network.

Before beginning his college journey, Greer has a busy summer planned highlighted by serving as a counselor at Valley Haven Camp and Retreat in the greater Hickory area.

“During previous years, I served as a counselor-in-training, but this year, I will finally be able to serve as counselor,” said Greer. “During my time at Valley Haven, I have collected donations and purchased items to assemble oral care packages for the children attending camp.”

Additionally, he plans on going on trips with friends and family, reading, and taking care of his garden. Greer is currently growing snow peas, peppers, strawberries, blueberries, rosemary and radishes.

While at ECU, Greer plans to get involved with the Sustainabilibees, Smile Squad Honors Society and Sustain ECU. He is also interested in research opportunities and plans to be involved in both community service activities and intramural sports.

Greer hopes to study abroad in Italy and experience a culture rich in both history and music, visiting historical sites and potentially an opera performance.

He looks forward to what awaits him as a Brinkley-Lane Scholar.

“I am greatly honored to be a Brinkley-Lane Scholar, and I look forward to the experiences I will have over the next four years,” said Greer.

Greer, 18, is the son of Shane and Heather Greer.

“As a Brinkley-Lane Scholar, I want to distinguish myself as a great leader by not only setting a good example for my peers, but also by being a servant to my fellow human beings.”

High school: Fred T. Foard High School

Intended majors: Biology and chemistry

Current City: Hickory

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