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Funds Support ECU Students

The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation this summer released the second half of a $50,000 gift in support of ECU students enrolled in tourism and hospitality management programs. The initial $25,000 supported students who, without assistance, could not have taken advantage of two summer study abroad programs.

The first program, directed by ECU hospitality management professor Marcia Taylor, introduced students to the European hospitality industry. The second, directed by ECU recreation and leisure studies professor Joseph Flood, introduced students to ecotourism in Costa Rica. The second $25,000 will also be used to support undergraduates in tourism and hospitality management.

David L. Edgell, Sr., director of the College of Human Ecology’s Institute for Tourism, said, “We are most grateful to the Marriott Foundation for this gift, which is helping to broaden the horizons and career ambitions of tourism and hospitality management students,” he said.

Edgell said he was especially appreciative of the effort of Sharon K. Hamilton, director of ECU’s corporate and foundation relations to secure the funding.


This page originally appeared in the August 24, 2007 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at