Samantha Casey of Selma has accepted the Gen. Hugh Shelton Leadership Scholarship to attend N.C. State University.
The scholarship goes to an incoming freshman who has shown leadership skills in and outside of the classroom. It provides assistance with tuition and living costs and a stipend for enrichment activities such as leadership seminars, internships and study abroad.
Shelton was the 14th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Casey is the daughter of Daniel and Judith Casey. At N.C. State, she plans to study biomedical engineering. She has volunteered in a hospital radiology department to gain insight and experience.
Casey plans on joining the Women in Science and Engineering Village and the University Scholars program. She has also received the Centennial Scholarship through N.C. State’s College of Textiles.
Three years ago, Casey spent two months in and out of Duke Children’s Hospital. That inspired her senior project to assemble and deliver 95 care packages to children at the hospital. She hopes to continue this venture and expand it to several other children’s hospitals.
Casey plays fiddle in her bluegrass band, Samantha Casey & The Bluegrass Jam. And she exceeded her personal fitness goal of biking 1,500 miles, logging more than 1,600 miles in 2013.
Dr. Mike Davis is coordinator of scholarships and strategic partnerships at N.C. State. “Casey represents the ideals upon which the scholarship is based: academic excellence, personal integrity, commitment to community service, physical fitness and a commitment to continuous personal and leadership development through participation in the diverse enrichment experiences offered by the program,” he said.