BOONE, N.C. — Ten incoming first-year students at Appalachian State University have been awarded the prestigious Chancellor’s Scholarship, which covers full institutional costs for four years of study. The Chancellor’s Scholarship is Appalachian’s oldest and most academically competitive merit-based scholarship.
“These incoming Chancellor’s Scholars truly represent individuals eager to engage in and embrace the life-changing Appalachian experience,” Chancellor Sheri Everts said. “Their ambitious academic goals and demonstrated dedication to community service and leadership have earned them this honor. Appalachian will provide them an environment where they can thrive and become engaged global citizens.”
The 2018 recipients of the Chancellor’s Scholarship:
STEM Early College at North Carolina A&T graduate Rebecca Brown, from High Point.
Western Guilford High School graduate Judith Espitia-Lara, from Greensboro.
Hendersonville High School graduate Olivia “Liv” Hill, from Hendersonville.
Kyder Christian Academy graduate Gabrianne Ivey, from Franklin.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School graduate Kate Keane, from Parkland, Florida.
West Forsyth High School graduate Abraham “Abe” Krell, from Clemmons.
Hinsdale South High School graduate Miranda Lowery, from Darien, Illinois.
Nash-Rocky Mount Early College High School graduate Cielo Murillo-Gomez, from Bailey.
Cabarrus-Kannapolis Early College High School graduate Osonia Rojas Clavel, from Concord.
Wake Early College of Health and Sciences High School graduate Eloisa Sanchez, from Zebulon.
Chancellor’s Scholars may be in any major program and are leaders in the Honors College at Appalachian. The scholarship offers full institutional costs for eight semesters and other academic and cocurricular benefits, including special housing and travel opportunities. Students must maintain a 3.45 minimum grade point average to renew the scholarship each year.
The 2018 Chancellor’s Scholars
Brown, who intends to major in sustainable development with a concentration in agroecology and sustainable agriculture, was involved in her school’s chapter of the National Honor Society and the varsity swimming team. She enjoys playing the ukulele, being active outdoors and spending time with family and friends.
At Appalachian, Brown said she is “looking forward to creating long-lasting relationships between my professors and future colleagues.” Following her studies at Appalachian, Brown said she hopes to attend graduate school and pursue a career involving sustainable farming and agriculture. She is the daughter of Kathryn and Randall Brown.
Espitia-Lara, who intends to major in political science, served as the vice president of her school’s chapter of the National Art Honors Society and was involved in the Beta Club, National Honors Society and the AP Capstone Academy. She has conducted her own research on the prevalence of prescription drugs in popular music and its implications and is an AP Scholar with Distinction.
Espitia-Lara is a music and visual arts enthusiast and hopes to learn the guitar while at Appalachian. After graduation, she said she looks forward to “interacting with international policy on a level that positively impacts disenfranchised and displaced people.” Espitia-Lara is the daughter of Martin and Rosa Garcia.
Olivia “Liv” Hill
Hill, who intends to major in biology with a concentration in cellular/molecular biology, was a lauded AP student involved with band, theatre and her school’s chapter of the National Honor Society. Outside of school, she enjoys practicing yoga, hiking, writing, painting and playing bassoon.
Hill said she is looking forward to attending Appalachian because “the different options I have to explore make me feel like I have ample room to grow as a person and in my intellect.” After graduation from Appalachian, Hill hopes to attend medical school and eventually become a pediatric neurologist. She is the daughter of Andrea Lance.
Ivey, who intends to major in biology with a concentration in cellular/molecular biology, enjoys being involved with scientific research and loves learning about biology. She is passionate about music and has been studying the violin and the piano for many years. She frequently shares her musical skills with her church and with residents of local senior centers. As an active 4-H member, Ivey has held leadership positions in several 4-H clubs and activities.
After graduation, Ivey said she plans to enroll in medical school or another graduate program and hopes to “use my medical knowledge to provide medical care to underserved communities.” She is the daughter of James and Shereen Ivey.
Keane, who intends to double major in English with a concentration in literary studies and political science, was a co-vice president of the Stoneman Douglas Speech and Debate team and was involved in her school’s Politics Club. She also held the position of recording secretary for her school’s chapter of the National Honor Society and was an avid member of both its English Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta chapters.
Keane was a dedicated volunteer with the Silver Surfers Intergenerational Program and serves her community by leading service projects such as Relay for Life and Reading Buddies.
Keane hopes to become a public defense attorney as well as “a force of justice for those who have experienced the worst of humanity and an honest voice for those whose stories have yet to be told.” She is the daughter of Marie and Padraig Keane.
Abraham “Abe” Krell
Krell, who intends to major in geography with a concentration in geographic information systems, was an Eagle Scout and served as the president of the West Forsyth High School chapter of the North Carolina Technology Student Association. A North Carolina Governor’s School East attendee, he is passionate about the natural sciences and enjoys competing on various teams with the Academic Competition for Excellence.
Regarding his goals after attending Appalachian, Krell said, “I hope to find a career that involves helping others through strengthening our environment. I have always been interested in geography and studying how people interact with others in their communities.” He is the son of Linda-Sue and Roy Krell.
Lowery, who intends to major in biology, was heavily involved with her school’s drama and speech program. She served as secretary for the group and was both thespian officer and poetry captain. Lowery was also a Girl Scout and is passionate about ceramics.
She said she looks forward to studying abroad while at Appalachian and getting involved with community service opportunities and student-led activities. “As I’ve grown older,” she said, “being aware of my surroundings, be that the environment or politics, has become important to me.” Lowery is the daughter of Laura and Steve Lowery.
Murillo-Gomez, who intends to double major in psychology and commercial photography, served as president of her school’s Student Government Association and secretary of the school’s National Honor Society chapter, in addition to being an active member of several other clubs and organizations. She is also a frequent volunteer at her local community college’s radio station and library.
Being passionate about the arts, Murillo-Gomez also plans to minor in theatre at Appalachian. She hopes to become a clinical psychologist and start a photography business.
Osonia Rojas Clavel
Clavel, who intends to double major in biology and psychology, was the director of design for her school’s yearbook, a member of the National Honor Society and an intern at Discovery Place Science. Outside of school, she enjoys painting, running, photography and watching documentaries.
Clavel is looking forward to “the Honors College seminars and trips, the beautiful mountains, the classes at Appalachian (especially the biology and psychology ones) and meeting new people like me and ones different from me,” she said. She is the daughter of Zulema Clavel Palma.
Sanchez, who intends to major in mathematics with a concentration in secondary education, is the president of her church’s youth council and spends much of her time organizing and leading youth retreats. She said she enjoys aerial dancing and has a special talent for the trapeze.
After graduation from Appalachian, Sanchez said she plans to pursue a master’s degree in education and begin her career as an educator. “Most of all,” she said, “I want to teach in a way to truly help support my students.” Sanchez is the daughter of Maria A. Rodriguez Galindo.
Details of the Chancellor’s Scholarship
Chancellor’s Scholarship recipients are also admitted to Appalachian’s Honors College. As Honors College students and leaders, Chancellor’s Scholars participate in small, typically discussion-based, interdisciplinary courses and produce original research by researching and writing an honors thesis.
Throughout their time at Appalachian, Chancellor’s Scholars have opportunities to study abroad and participate in groundbreaking, experiential research. The incoming cohort of Chancellor’s Scholars will study in Dublin, Ireland, for six days as part of an Honors College seminar they will be enrolled in during the fall semester.
In addition to coverage of full institutional costs, Chancellor’s Scholars receive:
Support for research, conference attendance and scholarship during the summer and academic year in the student’s target area of study through the Office of Student Research.
Access to research support through the Honors College.
Personalized, professional mentoring and academic advising from the Honors College faculty and staff.
Opportunities to engage in service-learning courses and programs — both locally and throughout the world — through the Appalachian and the Community Together (ACT) office, with travel cost support from the Honors College.
Study abroad opportunities with any of Appalachian’s 200 partner institutions around the world, which includes travel cost assistance from the Honors College.
Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System, Appalachian enrolls about 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.