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Each year, more than 8,000 East Carolina students contribute in excess of 100,000 hours of volunteer service to more than 125 community health and human service organizations.

East Carolina leads the University of North Carolina system in distance learning enrollment. Additionally, ECU’s distance education program is the 12th largest in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report. During the fall 2006 semester, ECU’s distance education students took almost 30,000 credit hours.

Through its new Access Scholarships program, East Carolina offers financial assistance to a historically underserved but greatly deserving group of students: those who have proven academic potential and demonstrated financial need.

Notable East Carolina alumni include Pulitzer Prize winners Rick Atkinson and Dan Neil; Emmy Award-winning composer Velton Ray Bunch; actors Sandra Bullock, Beth Grant, and Emily Procter; BB&T chief operating officer Kelly King; Bob Greczyn, president and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina; former North Carolina secretary of state Janice Faulkner; Kevin Williamson, creator of Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and Dawson’s Creek; former U.S. senator Robert Morgan; former All-Pro running back Earnest Byner; Broadway star Manley Pope; Ronnie Barnes, head athletic trainer for the New York Giants; and James Maynard, founder of the Golden Corral restaurant chain.