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ECU Honors College Funding Priorities

Endowed Professorship
Suggested Gift Range: $333,000 - $1 million (endowed)
The Honors College is an excellent academic venue for the establishment of an endowed professorship. The Honors curriculum, with its dedication to interdisciplinary, highly challenging course offerings, provides an outstanding platform for East Carolina University to attract outstanding scholars committed to excellence in undergraduate learning. When you endow a professorship, you honor ECU's most distinguished faculty and help attract outstanding scholars and teachers from elsewhere.
The State of North Carolina will help you leverage your gift to for this effort by matching $1 for every $2 donated.

Honors College Scholarship Fund
Suggested gift range: $1,000 - $10,000 (annual or endowed)
Honors College students are among the best and brightest in the state of North Carolina. East Carolina University recognizes these Honors students with scholarships equal to the amount of in-state tuition upon entry to the Honors College. This scholarship sets the ECU Honors College apart from our competitors but also represents an area of future need. As the cost of tuition increases at ECU, the Honors College hopes to attract private support to augment the funds allocated by the university. This support will allow our prestigious scholarship to continue to be awarded each year in spite of rising tuition costs.One-time contributions and endowment gifts are needed to support this program.

EC Scholars Award
Suggested gift range: $400,000 (for one endowed award)
The EC Scholars, housed in the Honors College, is ECU’s flagship merit scholarship program. As ECU’s highest academic award, the scholarship provides financial support ($10,000 per year for four years) as well as leadership and research internships, and a required study abroad experience. An additional $5000 stipend is provided to support the student’s international opportunity. Named EC Scholar Awards are welcome.

Honors College Study Abroad Scholarship Fund
Suggested gift range: $1,000 - $10,000 (annual or endowed)
The Honors College values international experiences as a critical component to the undergraduate experience. Study abroad experiences can be used to meet designated Honors College and university requirements. Students may receive a scholarship grant of $2,000 to help them meet their educational expenses. One-time contributions and endowment gifts are needed to support this program.

Honors College Living and Learning Fund
Suggested gift range: $500 - $25,000
Students enrolled in the Honors College and the EC Scholars Program engage in specially designed out-of-class activities intended to broaden their overall educational experience. These co-curricular experiences are above and beyond their Honors and EC Scholars coursework. Private funds are required to make these out-of-class experiences possible. One-time contributions and endowment gifts are needed to support this program.

Dean's Suite Naming Opportunity for Chancellor Emeritus Richard R. Eakin
Suggested gift range: $100 - $10,000 (one time or annual)
Richard R. Eakin, former Chancellor and Interim Dean of the Honors College, announced that he would retire on June 30, 2013. In recognition of his extraordinary service, a campaign is underway to name the Honors College Dean's Suite in his honor. All funds raised for this naming opportunity will go directly to the Honors College students for their living-learning experiences, technology borrowing program, student research projects and presentations, and other opportunities considered vital to their learning. One-time contributions and annual gifts are necessary to support this endeavor. The Dean's Suite will be named after Dr. Richard Eakin once the $100,000 mark is reached.

Honors College Event Sponsorships
Suggested gifts range: $500 - $2,500 (annual, endowed and in-kind support)
The Honors College hosts a number of annual events that are made possible through the generous support of alumni, donors and friends. The Honors College regularly hosts recruitment events to introduce the college to high school administrators and counselors across the state and the region. Additionally, signature annual events for current students including the Honors College Service Day and Honors College Convocation are made possible through this support. One-time conributions and endowment gifts are needed to support this program.

Naming Opportunities
The Honors College has identified the following naming opportunities to meet the needs listed above. For each naming opportunity, the donor will designate his/her funds to one of the previously identified funds.

Honors College $10 million
Named merit scholarship program $75 million
Spaces in the Mamie Jenkins building  
      Conference and seminar room $100,000


      Main Hall $100,000
      Dean's Suite $100,000
      Student Library $50,000
      Associate Dean's Office $50,000
      Office of the Associate Dean/Director of EC Scholars $50,000
      Honors College Advisor's Office $50,000
      Faculty Fellow's Office $50,000
      Reception Room $50,000
      Front Porch $50,000
      Polaris Giving Society Wall $25,000


Prospective donors are encouraged to contact Dr. Richard R. Eakin, interim dean of the Honors College by mail at 111 Mamie Jenkins Building, Mail Stop 527, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, 27858-4353; by telephone at (252) 737-3004; or by email at