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The Walter and Marie Williams Leadership Award Program

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The Walter and Marie Williams Leadership Award Program

Each year, up to twenty students are selected from Eastern North Carolina to receive a scholarship of $1,000 and to participate in a year-long leadership education experience which makes use of experiential education and community service.  Topics of the program include ethics and values, decision-making, and leadership theory.

Overview & Criteria of Scholarship

This scholarship is open to incoming freshmen with a 3.0 unweighted high school GPA and a minimum score of 1000 on the Math and Verbal sections of the SAT, or an equivalent ACT score.  Selected students must reside in one of the following counties: Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Halifax, Harnett, Hertford, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Pitt, Robeson, Sampson, Tyrell, Washington, Wayne, or Wilson.

Scholarship Criteria and Eligibility:

  • Must be accepted to attend East Carolina University as a first-year student in the Fall semester
  • Minimum 3.0 high school GPA, unweighted
  • Must be from Eastern North Carolina
  • Full participation in the Williams Leadership Award Program including monthly (fall)/bi-monthly (spring) meetings, spring service project coordinated by scholarship recipients, and other events as scheduled
  • Must live in Jarvis Hall Leadership Living-Learning Community

Application Process

Students wishing to be considered for the Walter and Marie Williams Leadership Award Program will first need to be accepted as an incoming first-year student at East Carolina University.  Eligible incoming first-year students may apply for the Walter and Marie Williams Leadership Scholarship through ECU’s scholarship application portal.

September 1, 2017: East Carolina University undergraduate admissions application opens.  Walter and Marie Williams Leadership Scholarship application opens in scholarship application portal.

January 31, 2018: Walter and Marie Williams Leadership Award Program application deadline.  The application and all associated materials must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on this date.

February 1-9, 2018: Application review period for candidates.

February 12, 2018: Targeted notification date for award decision.

February 19, 2018: Verbal and written acceptance deadline for students offered the Walter and Marie Williams Leadership Scholarship.

August 2018: Jarvis Leadership Living-Learning Community Retreat (attendance required; more information to come).

Frequently Asked Questions

How does a prospective candidate apply for the Walter and Marie Williams Leadership Award Program?

A prospective candidate must complete two steps in the application process.  First, the ECU undergraduate application for freshman admission must be completed.  Second, if a student qualifies for the Walter and Marie Williams Leadership Award Program, the application must be completed through ECU’s scholarship application portal.

What is included in the scholarship?

The selected recipients will receive a one-year scholarship award of $1,000 ($500 applied to the fall semester; $500 applied to the spring semester).

Is this scholarship renewable?

No.  The Walter and Marie Williams Leadership Scholarship is only offered for one year.

Can I use the scholarship funds for summer classes?

No, scholarship funds are only applied to fall and spring semesters.

Do Walter and Marie Williams Leadership Scholarship recipients need to be enrolled as full-time students?

Yes, recipients must remain a full-time student in fall and spring semesters at East Carolina University to remain eligible for the scholarship.

Can the scholarship be stacked with other scholarships?

The Walter and Marie Williams Leadership Award Program allows its students to receive scholarships from other programs, and scholarships may be stacked up to the “cost of attendance.” If a student is receiving other scholarships, he/she is responsible for checking the stacking policies related to the other scholarships.  In general, excess award funds remaining after all university invoices have been paid are deposited into the scholar’s Higher One account.

Are Walter and Marie Williams Leadership Scholarship recipients required to live in campus housing?

Yes, recipients must live in the Jarvis Hall Leadership Living-Learning Community for the first year. 

What happens if a Walter and Marie Williams Leadership Scholarship recipient needs to withdraw during a semester?

If a Walter and Marie Williams Leadership Scholarship recipient must withdraw from the university during a term, he/she is considered to have used that semester’s scholarship funds; no refunds should be expected. If possible, recipients should seek assistance from the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement prior to completing withdrawal procedures. Notification of withdrawal should be made to the Dean of Students, the Office of Financial Aid, and the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement.

Will a Walter and Marie Williams Leadership Scholarship recipient lose his/her scholarship if he/she withdraws?

If a Walter and Marie Williams Leadership Scholarship recipient is withdrawing from the university, the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement needs to be notified immediately by the student. A student’s scholarship eligibility will be determined on a case-by-case basis. The Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement will resolve questions regarding eligibility.

May the Walter and Marie Leadership Scholarship be terminated?

Yes, the scholarship may be terminated for the following reasons: failure to maintain academic standards; persistent lack of participation in Jarvis Leadership Living-Learning Community and Williams Leadership Award Program (WLAP); non-compliance with a program requirement; violation of university regulations; or engaging in other conduct that is incompatible with standards of the Walter and Marie Williams Leadership Award Program. Recipients are required to follow the Principles of Academic Integrity and the Honor Code.