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Mount Tabor Senior Heading to East Carolina as EC Scholar

This come to us from the News Services at East Carolina University:

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By Lacey L Gray

MAY 24, 2021 – Ehime Abhulimen plans to become a primary health care physician, changing the lives of the community in which he lives. Abhulimen is one of 20 freshmen entering East Carolina University this fall as an EC Scholar, the most prestigious undergraduate award program offered at the university. In addition, he is a scholar in the Brody School of Medicine Early Assurance Program.

“Without a doubt, being an EC Scholar is the most prestigious program at the university. I am very honored,” Abhulimen said. “I am eager to live and learn with some of the brightest students in the state of North Carolina.”

The 18-year-old senior from Winston-Salem is a student at Mount Tabor High School and is ranked first in his class with a 4.685 GPA. He lives with his parents Michael and Jasmine Abhulimen.

“I chose ECU because I believe it is the perfect place for me to grow,” he said. “I absolutely admire the university’s amazing environment catered to inclusive learning and continuous positive interaction. I hope it’s not too soon to say that I have fallen in love with the school.”

Abhulimen has performed a variety of service roles in his community. He has volunteered with the American Red Cross and at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, tutored his high school peers and participated in the Mount Tabor Basketball Mentorship Program, and assisted with the children’s ministry at Winton Salem First Assembly of God. He is a member of the National Honor Society, National Math Honor Society, National English Honor Society and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

The four-year EC Scholars merit scholarship recognizes outstanding academic performance, commitment to community engagement and strong leadership skills. Recipients receive an Honors College scholarship and a stipend for study abroad for a total value of nearly $64,000.

Although Abhulimen is unsure of where he will study abroad, he said he plans to soak up the new culture and learn more about primary health care in his host community.

This summer, he is planning some fun, along with keeping sharp on academics.

“I have planned numerous trips for my family and friends to enjoy before we go our separate ways,” Abhulimen said. “At the same time, I want to make sure that I am academically sound for the school year, so I will be reviewing some material during my spare time.”

In the fall, Abhulimen is looking forward to getting involved in campus clubs and organizations, and bringing his own experiences and cultural background to the groups.

“I can’t wait to experience my first college football game, first homecoming and all traditions ECU has to offer,” he said.

After earning his undergraduate degree, Abhulimen will attend the Brody School of Medicine.

“I am very passionate about helping others in need. Medical related or not, I am naturally drawn to help,” he said. “But I don’t want to just change the life of one person. I want to change a community. By becoming a primary health care physician, I will be able to touch the lives of people by providing basic health care to those who need it.”

"I don't want to just change the life of one person. I want to change a community."