2016 Wright Award Recipients Announced

The East Carolina Alumni Association is proud to announce the recipients of the 2016 Robert H. Wright Alumni Leadership Award. These five students will be presented with the award during commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 6.

The most prestigious award for undergraduates at East Carolina University, the Wright award recognizes academic achievement, service to both the university and community, and demonstrated leadership. Recipients are recognized as those who will make a positive impact on their respective professions and communities.

In addition to receiving the Wright medallion at commencement, recipients are given a lifetime membership in the East Carolina Alumni Association.

Ryan Clancy of Leesburg, VA, communication
Erika Dietrick of Greenville, NC, biology
Joel Glotfelty of Gibbsboro, NJ, chemistry and biochemistry
Sarah Lisson of Raleigh, NC, nutrition science
Kate McPherson of Raleigh, NC, chemistry

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Wright Brothers

East Carolina University has its own set of Wright brothers who are reaching new heights – not in flight, but in medicine.

When ECU senior Ajay Ajmera receives the 2015 Robert H. Wright Alumni Leadership Award this week, he will be the second in his family to do so. After graduation, Ajay will join his brother Arun Ajmera, a 2013 Wright award recipient, at the Brody School of Medicine at ECU.

150507ajmera-200w“I was surprised at the news, and I was extremely thankful for the honor from the alumni association,” said Ajay (pictured at left). “Arun was the first person I told about receiving the award.”

“I was very surprised when I heard from Ajay that he got this award too,” Arun said. “Getting the award is not easy and it is truly an honor. I am very happy that he also received this award. I think he really deserves it.”

The Robert H. Wright Alumni Leadership Award recognizes academic achievement, service to both the university and community, and demonstrated leadership. The East Carolina Alumni Association presents the award at spring commencement each year. Named for the first president of what was then East Carolina Teachers Training School, it is the most prestigious award presented to undergraduates at ECU.

“Arun mentioned the Wright award to me, and I became aware of it when he received it his senior year,” Ajay said. “However, Dr. Fraley, my nominator for the award, was the first person to tell me about the award and encouraged me to apply.”

Ajay will graduate summa cum laude with a bachelor of science in biology and a bachelor of arts in chemistry after three years of study. As an EC Scholar, he received ECU’s most prestigious merit scholarship, and is a member of the Honors College, with early assurance to the Brody School of Medicine. Arun was also a member of the Honors College and earned degrees in biology and chemistry. When Ajay gets to Brody, Arun will be in his third year of medical school and working on his first clinical clerkship.

ajmera“I can’t wait until Ajay joins the Brody family in August,” says Arun (pictured at right in 2013). “We have a great relationship. We grew up together and we were always together. Since we are similar in age, we ended up doing many things together growing up. Over time, if he ever needed any help, I would try to be there for him and help him out in any way I can to help him succeed and help him achieve his dreams.”

Ajay and four other 2015 Wright award recipients will be honored at the alumni association’s Senior Celebration Dinner on Thursday, May 7.

By Jackie Drake

2015 Wright Award Recipients

The East Carolina Alumni Association is proud to announce the recipients of the 2015 Robert H. Wright Alumni Leadership Award. These five students will be presented with the award during commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 8.

The most prestigious award for undergraduates at East Carolina University, the Wright award recognizes academic achievement, service to both the university and community, and demonstrated leadership. Recipients are recognized as those who will make a positive impact on their respective professions and communities.

In addition to receiving the Wright medallion at commencement, recipients are given a lifetime membership in the East Carolina Alumni Association.

  • Ajay Ajmera of Greenville, NC; biology and chemistry double-major
  • Matthew Ryan Baucom of Marshville, NC; chemistry and biochemistry double-major
  • Jessica Katlyn Jewell of Clayton, NC; communication major
  • Shayna Nitin Mooney of Winterville, NC; neuroscience and international studies double-major
  • Kristi Noelle Wilkerson of Mastic, NY; nutrition major

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By Jackie Drake

Now Accepting Wright Award Nominations from Faculty and Staff

ECU faculty and staff are invited to nominate an outstanding undergraduate senior or recent graduate for a 2015 Robert H. Wright Alumni Leadership Award, to be presented at spring commencement in May 2015. In addition to undergraduate seniors graduating in May, those who have graduated with a bachelor’s degree in the summer or fall of 2014 will also be considered. All nominations are due by Friday, January 30, 2015. Only current ECU faculty and staff may nominate a student.

The Robert H. Wright Alumni Leadership Award is the most prestigious award presented by the East Carolina Alumni Association to seniors during annual spring commencement exercises. The award recognizes academic achievement, service (both to the university and the community), and leadership qualities (both potential and exhibited). Nominees should be recognized as those who will make an impact in their professions and communities.

For more information, visit www.piratealumni.com/wrightaward.