Newton Grove native Adam Caldwell, 21, has recently been awarded the $6,000 John East Scholarship Award at East Carolina University.The scholarship was established in memory of former ECU Political Science Professor and Senator John East. Senator East is the only professor at East Carolina University to serve in the United States Senate. First awarded in fall 2002, the scholarship is awarded to upper level undergraduate students who are full-time political science majors at ECU. Three finalists were interviewed by the Honors and Scholarships Committee. Criteria for selection included eastern North Carolina residency, academic merit (minimum 3.0 GPA in political science and overall), demonstrated interest in public service and/or potential to be elected to public office, and demonstrated good character and leadership abilities.
Caldwell is a 2011 graduate of Hobbton High School and currently a junior at East Carolina University double majoring in political science and history. He is involved in numerous organizations on campus including College Republicans (Chairman), Student Government Association (Senator), Conduct Board, Pre-Law Society, Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society, Pirate Veterans, and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. He is also a sergeant in the North Carolina Army National Guard. Along with the John East Scholarship Award, Caldwell is a recipient of the ECU Parents Council Student Leadership Scholarship ($2,000) for the 2014-2015 academic year. After graduation, he hopes to attend one of North Carolina’s many exceptional law schools. Caldwell is the son of Annette Johnson of Holly Ridge.