The Department of English offers several scholarships for students. Please note that awards are dependent upon funding levels and may not be offered every year. To apply for scholarships, visit ECUAWards. (Note that the Halberg, O'Neal, and Farr awards have separate application processes. See below for details.)
Many National and International Scholarships also are available to East Carolina students.
For more information about Graduate scholarships, visit the graduate Assistantships and Awards page.
The $2000 Friends of English Scholarship will be awarded in two installments ($1000 in the Fall, $1000 in the Spring). To be considered for the scholarship, students must be (1) enrolled full time, (2) pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in English, and (3) maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA. Applications will only be accepted through Academic Works, and each applicant must submit a personal statement.
This $2000 scholarship will be awarded to two English majors
(undergraduates) annually for the purpose of study abroad. To be eligible
for this scholarship, students must demonstrate financial need, carry a GPA of a 3.0 or better, and be accepted into a
This scholarship is named for Russell Christman, an English Department instructor who was killed in a car accident in 1976. The scholarship was established by his parents, and is given to the junior English major who most typifies Russ’ spirit: vivacious, caring, energetic, and involved in a wide range of extra-curricular activities. Academic merit is a factor in choosing the recipient, but character is given greater weight. The amount of the award is generally $500. Students are nominated by instructors in the English Department, and a recipient is selected in the spring semester for the following academic year. Eligible applicants must have completed 36 hours at ECU by the end of the fall semester. The application process for nominees includes: 1) cover letter from the nominee; 2) a completed scholarship application form (available in the English Department office); 3) a resume; 4) an interview with the Student Services and Scholarships Committee.
Awarded to a junior English major with a GPA of at least 3.5 who has completed at least 36 hours at ECU by the end of the fall semester, and who exhibits potential in the field of English. The award is for $500, paid in two installments of $250. Students are notified about this scholarship opportunity, and a recipient is selected in the spring semester for the following academic year. The application process includes: 1) cover letter from the applicant; 2) a completed scholarship application form 3) a resume; 4) a one-page type-written statement of goals as an English major.
The award is named for Debbie O'Neal, an instructor in the English
Department, who died in a plane accident in 2013. She was passionate
about linguistics and TESOL, working on many projects involving language
variation and educating people on language. The memorial award is
funded by Carolina TESOL in recognition of her contributions to the
TESOL community. The amount of the award is generally $500. Students are
nominated by instructors in the Department of English. Any graduate and
undergraduate student with an interest in linguistics/TESOL is eligible
but preference will be given to those students with a declared interest
in linguistics/TESOL (such as an undergraduate student with a
linguistics minor or a MA student with concentration in Linguistics or
Named in honor of a former faculty member of the English Department, the contest was established by Paul and Marie Farr before Paul's death in 1976. The contest encourages excellence in undergraduate expository writing, particularly emphasizing clarity and elegance in prose. Essays from both English and Women's Studies courses are eligible. The amount of the award is generally $100. Essays written during the current academic year are submitted by instructors. They are considered anonymously by the Student Services and Scholarships committee. A recipient of the award is selected in the spring semester. The deadline for this award is Reading Day.
The Pat and Lynn Lane Scholarship is a four-year $20,000 scholarship
awarded to deserving students pursuing a degree in education in the
College of Education at East Carolina University. More information is
available at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-educ/lanescholars/index.cfm.
James and Connie Maynard and the College of Education established the
Maynard Scholarship at East Carolina University on May 31, 2006. This
four-year $20,000 scholarship is awarded to outstanding high school
seniors each year. For more information, visit http://www.ecu.edu/cs-educ/maynardscholars/index.cfm.
Eligibility requirements and deadlines vary. Visit the University's Scholarships page for more information and to apply.