Office of University Scholarships

The ECU Campus Based Scholarship Process 

East Carolina University has a variety of scholarships available to incoming freshmen, transfer students, and existing students. Effective October 2014, the process for applying for scholarships on our campus changed. The University now utilizes an online application portal for most of the scholarships offered to both incoming and existing students. Incoming students have to have been admitted in order to have access to the portal.

Scholarship opportunities can be located by visiting the ECU Online Scholarship Management System – ECUAWard – at Applicants use their ECU credentials (Pirate ID and password) to gain access to the general scholarship application and a variety of conditional applications and "apply to" opportunities that may display on your student scholarship dashboard should you be eligible for those programs. Instructions for using the ECUAWard portal can be found here.

Scholarships are offered each academic year and the funds are typically spread across the academic year with 50% of the award paid in the fall semester and 50% paid in the spring semester. Most scholarships have specific eligibility criteria which may range from something as simple as being from a specific county or geographical region to being an active volunteer with a certain service group. Others will have specific Grade Point Average (GPA) and/or test score requirements and may contain a requirement for demonstrated Financial Need.  

Please review the descriptions of each opportunity listed on ECUAWard to determine whether your application meets the specific requirements. All scholarships are subject to the availability of funds and may not be awarded each year depending on the current economic conditions.

Always check the web pages for your major (a departmental web page) or your college (where your major is housed) for additional scholarship information. These web pages often have helpful information about opportunities within the major but external to the University. When in doubt, questions can always be directed to the Office of University Scholarships at

RaiseMe Micro-Scholarships

ECU has partnered with RaiseMe, a free platform that helps eligible students earn micro-scholarships for academic and extracurricular achievements throughout high school or community college. When students add achievements to their portfolio on RaiseMe, they may be eligible to earn micro-scholarships from East Carolina University. To learn more about RaiseMe for incoming freshmen and find out if you are eligible, click here. To learn more about RaiseMe for transfer students, click here.