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A support system for academic achievement

October 3, 2014

Chancellor’s Scholar and Wilkesboro native Corbin Ester uses his scholarship-sponsored time at Appalachian State University for academic accomplishment.

In the past year alone Ester achieved three distinct honors, but the senior chemistry major says, “The success that I have had is tribute to the truly amazing support system I have at this university.”

“My scholarship and the opportunity to be in The Honors College were the two reasons I chose Appalachian over other highly ranked, competitive private and public universities that I considered," Corbin said. “They are absolutely the two reasons that I have been as fortunate as I have been in winning multiple grants, scholarships and appointments to professional internships over the past three years.”

The medical school hopeful interned in summer 2014 with the National Institute of Health (NIH) Summer Internship Program at the National Cancer Institute’s Laboratory of Cancer Biology and Genetics. There, he assisted Dr. Miriam C. Poirier, head of the Carcinogen-DNA Interactions Section. He also assisted with the publishing of manuscripts that reported research findings.

He was awarded a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for the 2014-15 academic year. The $7,500 scholarship is a premier undergraduate award in the fields of mathematics, natural sciences and engineering from the Excellence in Education Foundation.

Ester also received the 2014 Excellence in Scholastic Achievement Award from the American Chemical Society’s Carolina Piedmont Section.

Previously, Ester became the first Appalachian student to earn the George T. Barthalmus Undergraduate Research Grant for 2012-13 for his clean energy research with Department of Chemistry faculty mentor Dr. Dale Wheeler.

"The Chancellor's Scholarship has given me one extremely valuable gift – opportunity, ” Ester said. “By not having to worry about issues such as where my next meal is coming from, or when or how I am going to afford tuition, I have been granted the opportunity to spend my time, effort and mental capacity pursuing my goals and dreams.”