PEMBROKE — A freshman pre-nursing major is The University of North Carolina at Pembroke’s latest Maynor Scholar.
David Jones, of Fayetteville, is the 10th UNCP student to receive the Maynor Scholarship, which is the most prestigious four-year scholarship at UNCP. The scholarship was first awarded in 2007.
“I have always had my eyes set on the medical field because I feel I am well-equipped for a supporting role. Individuals working together as a group to achieve a specific goal has always been appealing to me.
“After graduation, I plan to attend graduate school and eventually become a nurse practitioner.”
Jones’ application stood out among an outstanding pool of candidates, said Mark Milewicz, dean of the Maynor Honors College.
“He is very bright and has a very impressive academic profile,” Milewicz said.
“David’s writing sample displayed clear and organized thinking, but what impressed the selection committee the most was the value he places on service and his commitment to helping others,” Milewicz said.
“It isn’t surprising that he is pursuing a profession in healthcare, and I suspect he will make a significant impact in that field,” the dean said.
The value of an education and its immeasurable impact was a recurring message in the Jones household.
“My mother, especially, always stressed that we should focus on getting a good education first,” he said. “Education is where you form your building blocks she would often say.
“My dad stressed education, too, but his advice to me was to make sure that when things get tough with the school, to make sure my happiness came first.”
Jones graduated from Massey Hill Classical School with a weighted GPA of 4.5. He placed first in several events as a Science Olympiad participant, served as senior class representative, and was a member of the Academy of Scholars. Massey Hill doesn’t offer sports, but Jones was a member of the varsity soccer, and track and field teams at nearby Seventy First High.
When it came time to choose a college, Jones turned to his parents for advice.
“I was considering ECU and Chapel Hill, but my parents recommended UNC Pembroke,” he said. “After looking into it, UNCP was a better fit because of its size.”
Like UNCP, the classes at Massey Hill are small. There were 70 students in Jones’ graduating class. The university’s low student-faculty ratio appealed to Jones.
“That was the biggest factor in my decision,” he said. “The professors take the time to get to know you on a personal level. And that’s something you can’t get at the larger schools.”