The Phi Delta Kappa - ECU Chapter's Educational Foundation annually awards scholarships to prospective educators. Eligible applicants are graduating high school seniors intending to major in education and attend East Carolina University; graduate students who are currently pursuing a masters degree in education (must be members of PDK); and doctoral students who are currently pursuing a doctorate in education (must be members of PDK).PDK–ECU chapter also awards a professional development scholarship to a currently employed, licensed, public education teacher who is a current PDK member.
The PDK-ECU holds an annual silent auction to fund scholarships, so the amounts of the awards and the number of applicants who qualify are dependent on the success of the auction. Scholarships are guaranteed to be $400 per scholarship award, but may be higher. The executive board of the PDK–ECU chapter will review all applications and determine the recipients based on academic standing, written essay, letters of recommendation, and leadership activities. Graduating high school senior PDK-ECU scholarship recipients applications will be forwarded to Phi Delta Kappa International to compete for available scholarships at that level.