Four Pitt County Schools seniors are among 20 students selected for the newest class of EC Scholars at East Carolina University.

D.H. Conley High School's Toby Bryson, South Central's Taylor Cash and J.H. Rose students Anjalee Hou and Javier Limon were selected from 700 early applicants to receive ECU’s most prestigious and competitive merit-based undergraduate award.

Toby, the son of Kent and Jennifer Bryson, is a volunteer for Eastern Pines Fire Rescue. He plans to spend the summer completing EMT basic requirements at Pitt Community College so he can work with Pitt County EMS squads while in college. He also runs his own lawn care business and helps at his father’s construction company. He intends to be a nursing major with a goal of becoming a flight nurse.

Taylor, the daughter of Tracy and Eric Cash, has been enrolled during high school at Pitt Community College to pursue her associate of arts and associate of science degrees. She president of the PCC Engineering and Physical Science Club, vice president of the national Society of Women Engineers club for high school students, serves as design captain of the Pitt Pirates Robotics Team and is a member of Health Sciences Academy and Girl Scout Troop 3013. She is founder of S.A.G.E. SISTERS-Serious About Girl Empowerment, a program designed to provide bonding experiences and build confidence and skills in middle school-age girls. She plans to pursue a biology degree with concentrations in ecology and forensic science.

Anjalee, the daughter of Lien and Philip Hou, plans to major in economics and pursue a pre-med route at ECU. At Rose, she is member of the National Honor Society, Rho Kappa and Mu Alpha Theta as well as honor societies for English, science and art. She is founder and president of the Asian Culture Society.

Javier, the son of Francisco Limon and Denisse Rivera, was selected as an alternate for the Brody School of Medicine Early Assurance program. His goal is to become a cardiothoracic surgeon. He is a member of the Health Sciences Academy, as well as the National Honor Society, National English Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society. A member of the Greenville Youth Council, he also is a part of the Brody School of Medicine Honors Medical Research program.

EC Scholars receive learning and research experiences along with a four-year Honors College scholarship valued at nearly $64,000 that includes a study abroad stipend. Recipients are recognized for their academic performance, commitment to community engagement and leadership.

This year's EC Scholars, who represent 11 counties in two states, have an average unweighted GPA of 3.88, an average ACT score of 29 and average combined math/verbal SAT score of 1340.

To learn more about the EC Scholars program, visit ecscholars.ecu.edu.

Contact Kim Grizzard at kgrizzard@reflector.com or call 329-9578.