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Scholar Programs

Undergraduate Research

ECU, in keeping with its commitment to excellence in undergraduate education, has reaffirmed its priority of undergraduate research. Towards this end, the Office of Undergraduate Research in the Division of Research and Graduate Studies was created. The director and the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity committee establish guidelines and administer a competition for awards to fund stipends, and supplies to eligible undergraduates who are engaged in research projects under the supervision of faculty. The Office is also charged with coordinating the annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Day during Research Week and offering student research workshops.

The Office of Undergraduate Research maintains a Web site ( with links to research opportunities both on campus and off.

For further information about undergraduate research opportunities, you may contact the director at or 252-328-9476. The Office of Undergraduate Research is located at 1512 Greenville Center.

North Carolina Nurse Scholars

The North Carolina Nurse Scholars Program was established in 1989 by the North Carolina General Assembly. The program provides college scholarship loans for outstanding high school graduates and other persons interested in pursuing higher education to become registered nurses. Recipients are chosen on the basis of academic performance, evidence of leadership and extracurricular participation, and the promise of service as a registered nurse in North Carolina. Awards can be made to full-time pre-nursing freshman; full-time pre-nursing sophomores; junior nursing students, who are nontraditional baccalaureate nursing students; community college transfers enrolling as juniors; other juniors in a baccalaureate nursing program; and to RNs enrolled full-time in a baccalaureate degree in nursing completion program. A scholarship recipient is required to practice in North Carolina as a full-time registered nurse for a full year for each year of scholarship assistance received.

Interested students may contact the College Foundation of North Carolina web site at, or contact the College of Nursing at 252-744-6477 or their high school guidance counselor. See College of Nursing Web site for application due dates.

North Carolina Teaching Fellows


The North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program, the most ambitious teacher recruitment program in the nation and one of the most prestigious scholarship awards in North Carolina, provides a $26,000 scholarship to 500 outstanding high school seniors interested in teaching. ECU accepts 45 teaching fellows in each class. Teaching fellows participate in academic seminars, leadership development opportunities, professional internships, and social and cultural experiences. Throughout the four years, ECU Teaching Fellows also work as tutors, travel, perform service work, plan recruitment initiatives, and serve on various committees.

Teaching Fellows are licensed in the following areas: birth-kindergarten, elementary education (K-6), middle grades education (6-9), secondary education (9-12), business and information technologies education and family and consumer sciences (7-12) and K-12 (art, dance, theatre, music, health, exercise and sport science, and special education). Following graduation from college, the student agrees to teach for four years in one of North Carolina’s public schools, charter schools, or government schools.

High school students interested in becoming North Carolina Teaching Fellows should consult their high school guidance counselor. Applications are to be submitted in early fall of the senior year of high school. For further information on application deadlines, or more program information, access, or telephone the ECU Teaching Fellows Office at 252-328-4126.

Maynard Scholarship Program
James and Connie Maynard and the College of Education established the Maynard Scholarship at ECU on May 31, 2006. This four year $20,000 scholarship is awarded to outstanding high school seniors each year. The scholarship is modeled after the NC Teaching Fellows Scholarship and as such, recipients will be expected to teach in a public, charter or government school for four years in one of the stated counties following graduation. Individuals have up to seven years to complete this requirement. The Maynard Scholarship is administered from the ECU NC Teaching Fellows Office.

Early Entry Into ECU Graduate Programs

The Integrated Bachelor’s/Master’s Program and the Accelerated Master’s Program provide two options for students to be admitted to graduate programs earlier in their undergraduate studies than usual.

In the Integrated Bachelor’s/Master’s Program, qualified undergraduate students may apply for graduate admission and enroll in up to 15 hours of graduate credit to count toward completion of both the bachelor’s degree and the master’s degree. Students choosing this program complete their undergraduate degree in the three-year program or in the traditional four year program. For example, qualified students can integrate the bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science and the doctoral degree in physical therapy. Other combinations are available; students should discuss their goals with their advisors and the Graduate School. Students receive the undergraduate degree prior to or concurrent with completion of the master’s degree.

In some structured integrated programs, students receive both degrees at the same time. Students designate the integrated degree upon admission and complete the combined bachelor’s and master’s program in five years, receiving both degrees upon graduation. Students in this program apply after 75 hours and must maintain the required GPA for continuation. After five years, students receive both degrees.

The Accelerated Master’s Degree Program results in only one degree, the graduate degree. This program requires students to commit in the first semester of their freshmen year to the study of the combined degree program. With satisfactory progress, the students complete their foundations curriculum and program core requirements and then may apply directly to the master’s program. The first such program at East Carolina University is one of the options for earning the master’s degree in occupational therapy (MSOT). In this program, for example, students enter the university through the health service management curriculum and occupational therapy option. Students must maintain a minimum 3.2 GPA to be eligible to apply to continue their graduate program. Upon completion of this five-year program, they earn only one degree, the MSOT. This program option reduces the total number of hours in the students’ program. In the OT example, the accelerated program option reduces the program from approximately 196 semester hours (undergraduate degree plus graduate degree) to 162 semester hours (combined degree). The College of Nursing offers an accelerated program for transferring students with the RN. The RN/MSN results in one ECU degree: master of science in nursing (MSN). (See www.

International Programs


East Carolina University views the creation of international awareness as an essential component of today's university. It provides academic and co-curricular programming which allows students to gain the knowledge and skills to comprehend the world within a broad, flexible, and responsive framework that takes into account the reality of interdependence among countries and of international structures. The university aims to produce educated citizens of this and other countries capable of coping with the complexity and diversity of the world. The International House is located at 306 East 9th Street and may be contacted by calling 252-328-4829.

International Admissions and Services

The Office of International Affairs coordinates ECU’s international student recruitment and admissions program, working with its own staff and others within the university to expand the international representation within its degree-seeking student body. Additionally, the office offers all students and faculty a variety of opportunities to participate in international travel and learning experiences through summer, semester, or year-long programs. Fulbright and other scholarship or fellowship opportunities, teaching and research, or work experiences are a few of the activities addressed for students and faculty.

Students from countries other than the United States may apply to the chairperson of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures for a departmental certificate of American studies. (See Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures for requirements.)

ECU Language Academy

The ECU Language Academy (ECULA) provides high quality intensive language instruction to international students and professionals seeking to improve their English skills for both academic and professional purposes. There are opportunities for students to engage in American culture through on campus classes and the use of ECU facilities. Upon successful completion of the highest level of classes offered at the ECULA, students will have satisfied the language requirement for admission to ECU; however, all other academic requirements for admission will still need to be met.

ECULA classes will range from advanced beginner level to superior level and will meet five days per week, four hours per day. Topics will include: reading and vocabulary building; note-taking and study skills; oral communication skills; and writing for college.

For more information, please access the program Web site at

Exchange Programs

The Office of International Affairs offers a full range of semester-long exchange programs at universities around the globe. With 27 bilateral exchange partners, as well as membership in the UNC Exchange Program (UNCEP) and the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP), ECU students can spend a semester or full academic year studying abroad at more than 200 institutions in 41 countries.

Reciprocal tuition/fee exchanges make studying abroad quite affordable. Students studying on exchange through ECU, UNC-EP, or ISEP programs pay their usual tuition and fees to ECU and receive equivalent benefits at the host institution. Students may use their financial aid to pay for their exchange programs and are encouraged to apply for scholarships through the Rivers Endowment Fund, designed to support ECU students who wish to study abroad.

Studying abroad is available to students with strong foreign language skills, as well as students interested in sites where English is used as the primary language of instruction. Students are enrolled full-time at their host schools and are free to choose coursework that complements their program of study at ECU. With proper planning and close consultation with their academic advisors, students are able to take courses that count toward major/minor requirements or foundations curriculum. Study abroad participants earn credits toward their ECU degree program without losing time or delaying graduation.

Acquiring a global perspective through foreign study is an important component of your education. It is a strong addition to a resume, and a point of interest that sets students apart in job interviews or graduate/professional school applications. Ultimately, the value of studying abroad is measured through personal growth. Combined with opportunities for academic enrichment and professional development, studying abroad is an exciting, life changing and beneficial experience.

The Thomas W. and Izabel B. Rivers Endowment Fund

The endowment fund established by Thomas and Izabel Rivers promotes the internationalization of ECU by providing financial support for study abroad students. Awards are made for the fall and spring semesters, as well as summer sessions. All applicants are evaluated by a faculty panel. Information and applications are available on the Office of International Affairs Web site.

International Affairs coordinates the Thomas W. Rivers Distinguished Professorship in International Affairs (Rivers Chair). Each academic year, this program brings outstanding foreign scholars who live in residence. The Rivers Chair assists schools, departments and faculty in the internationalization process through teaching, research, and conferences.

Global Academic Initiatives

The Global Academic Initiatives program provides personal international experiences to any student on the ECU campus through the use of real-time video, audio, and internet technologies. The global understanding course (ANTH 1050, PSYC 2250, SOCI 2250, INTL 1050), is jointly taught with three other countries and is centered around topics ranging from family to cultural traditions to the meaning of life. In this foundation curriculum course, students are partnered with their colleagues from partner universities in 22 countries to explore these and other topics. Partner institutions are located on five continents and include many universities in diverse cultures. ECU’s global understanding project is the winner for the 2008 Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovative International Education, given by the Institute of International Education and has been recognized worldwide for its pioneering efforts to create structured, meaningful discussion between students from diverse cultures. ECU students also benefit from the International Lecture Exchanges, the International Course Module Exchanges, the International Course Exchanges, and the International Research Exchanges. These virtual exchanges are offered across the curriculum in a wide variety of courses and disciplines. The Many Voices: Student Discussions provides an opportunity to students enrolled in the COAD classes with an introductory experience through the use of structured discussions based on diverse student vignettes.

Leadership Programs

BB&T Center for Leadership Development

The BB&T Center for Leadership Development advocates and facilitates the incorporation of leadership development as an important dimension of intellectual attention, inquiry and activity at East Carolina University and in higher education. Major emphasis is placed on the proposition that every university student is being prepared as a leader, and therefore being empowered as an agent of positive change in society.

The Center’s mission is to serve as a catalyst for leadership development throughout the University. A major goal is to encourage and assist academic units and faculty to prepare students with leadership capacities to positively influence and impact their lives, their families, their communities and the larger society. That goal is pursued by providing opportunities for leadership-related projects, programs and initiatives through financial grants for leadership development agendas.

By encouraging and assisting units to embed leadership development components into courses and programs, the Center seeks to advance East Carolina University’s extant service culture and its intention as a leadership development community.

Requests for further information should be addressed to the Director, BB&T Center for Leadership Development, 1100 Bate Building, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858-4353; telephone 252-328-6190;

Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement

The Center for Student Leadership and Engagement (CSLE) is located in 109 Mendenhall Student Center within the Department of Student Involvement and Leadership. The mission of the center is to foster leadership practices and engagement experiences that transform and empower students through pedagogy, research, and co-curricular experiences. The center provides a central location for student leadership experiences and opportunities that foster their leadership development.

The CSLE operates under five core premises and a matrix of guiding principles which aligned with the university’s strategic plan to “Distinguish itself by the ability to train and prepare leaders for our state and nation.” The first and foundational premise is that leadership is a continual process of understanding who you are and using that knowledge to positively influence yourself, others, and society. Secondly the CLSE is driven by the premise that engagement is a powerful vehicle for developing students' leadership skills. The third operating premise is that leadership is a collaborative process, and the fourth states that leadership is value-based. The final premise around which the center functions is that all students (not just those in formal positions) have the ability to apply leadership practices to real life situations.

Programs and activities will be designed to encourage development in three learning stages; they will Discover, Design, and then Deliver. Within each stage, students will explore three phases of leadership – Self, Others, and Society.

In the Discover phase, students start by recognizing the self--who they are, what they want, what they value, how they operate as individuals and as members of groups, and how they can contribute to the betterment of society.

During the Design phase, students develop a personal strategic vision and develop strategies for motivation and self-discipline. Plans for promotion and collaboration with others are made. In this stage, students personally respond to societal challenges.

The Deliver phase is structured to be transformative. At this point in their development, students will have the opportunity to transform themselves and society by performing service to the public.

The CSLE offers students points of entry into leadership development activities throughout their collegiate career. The center serves as a clearinghouse for multiple programs and hosts the Elite Pirate, Leadership Challenge Institute, Emerging Leaders Program, Advanced Leaders Program, Leadership Reading Circles, L.E.A.P. workshops, iLEAD Student Leadership Conference, Leadership Extreme Trips, Pop into Leadership Movie Series, Character of Leadership, Leaving Your Legacy, Co-Curricular Student Profile, and the Walter & Marie Williams Leadership Award Program to name a few. To find out more about our programs and initiatives, visit our website at or e-mail at You also may contact our office at feel free to give us a call at 252-737-2002. 252-737-2091.