Message from the Dean

Mark StacyThe Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University was founded on a promise to enrich the lives of people in the region we call home. Today, Brody serves as the centerpiece for eastern North Carolina's premier academic health sciences center, and the Brody Scholars Program is one of our state's most prestigious medical scholarship programs.

We would not be able to celebrate our regional and national impact without the generous support of J.S. "Sammy" Brody and other members of the Brody family who worked tirelessly with university leaders to bring the medical school to Greenville. The Brody family's leadership, engagement and generous philanthropy to ECU and our medical school are unparalleled.

The Brody family has been deeply committed to investing locally, and to being passionate champions for the people of eastern North Carolina. They've long embraced the medical school's mission to improve the health and wellbeing of people in every corner of the region. Today, their dedication still shines through the success of the Brody Scholars Program. They created the Brody Foundation as a funding source for the scholarship program. The foundation began in 1979 as an independent 501c3 organization and is governed by its own board of directors.

Here are some current highlights of the program:

  • The Brody Foundation endowment is approaching $9.5 million.
  • Since the Brody Scholars Program began in 1983, 137 Brody Scholars have been supported through $6.4 million generated through the Brody Foundation.
  • The Brody Scholars Program serves as a strong recruiting tool for top students.
  • The scholarship awards full tuition, fees and additional living expenses for four years of medical education - approximately $27,500 annually.
  • The scholarship frees recipients to focus on education and choosing the specialty they want to practice, with minimal concern about debt.
  • In addition to financial support, Brody Scholars experience summer enrichment activities, special community service projects and unique clinical mentorship and supplemental academic opportunities.

Today, three four-year scholarships are awarded each year, for a total of 12 Brody Scholars awards across the medical school curriculum.

These Brody Scholars train to become caring physicians, compassionate healers and community leaders. Most of them choose to practice in primary care disciplines in North Carolina, often serving economically disadvantaged or medically underserved communities.

Because of the commitments made by the Brody family, ECU and the Brody School of Medicine, these talented physicians live out the mission to serve our region and state-improving the world around them one patient at a time.

Mark Stacy, MD
Dean, Brody School of Medicine
Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs