Tyler Hayden
(Photo by Catoctin Photography, Hamilton, Va.)


William Tyler Hayden: Determined to make a difference

William Tyler Hayden has a direct goal in life: He wants to make a difference in the lives of others.

“Every day, I try to do something that will better myself…and rub off onto other people,” he said. “I hope to make a positive influence in their lives.”

Hayden, of Leesburg, Va., will be one of 15 incoming freshmen entering East Carolina University in August as EC Scholars — the most prestigious academic scholarship program the university offers.

At ECU, Hayden plans to major in either biology or biochemistry, with goals of pursuing a career in dentistry. He chose ECU from among several universities where he was accepted, in part because of the EC Scholar Program. “I believe this program will create numerous opportunities for me, help me meet influential people and build a future in Greenville,” he said. 

Other reasons for selecting ECU are more personal. “I have grown up hearing about ECU from my father, Bruce Hayden, who attended the university. I have always been a Pirate football fan and the spirit at the university is second to none,” he said.

Hayden excelled as both a leader and a scholar at Loudon County High School. He credits his determination to be a better person for his accomplishments.

In leadership roles for the DECA business and marketing student organization, Hayden worked to increase the club’s membership and coordinated efforts to raise funds for charities such as American Diabetes Association and the Salvation Army. Under his direction, the club raised more than $15,000 for Relay for Life and $6,000 for the Susan G. Komen For the Cure breast cancer foundation.

Hayden served as president of the DECA club during his junior and senior years and as vice president his sophomore year. He participated in the organization’s competitions, open to the DECA’s 185,000 high school division members, and placed first at the district and national levels.

He was honored in high school by regular selection for the academic honor roll; membership in the National Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society; the Outstanding Spanish Student of the Year Award given in his freshman year; and the Outstanding Marketing Student of the Year Awards presented in his freshman, sophomore and junior years.

Hayden plans a summer filled with work, sports activities and travel. He is particularly looking forward to an excursion to Belize and a vacation at the North Carolina Outer Banks before his initiation as a full-fledged Pirate this fall.

Hayden is the son of Bruce and Kathy Hayden of Leesburg.

About EC Scholars

EC Scholars exhibit outstanding academic performance and effective leadership skills. They have opportunities to contribute to faculty-led research studies, engagement in the community andmultiple service activities.

The amount awarded to scholarship recipients is $40,000 ($5,000 per semester for eight continuous semesters). In addition, EC Scholars are provided with a $5,000 stipend to help support their required study abroad experience.

The entering Class of 2015 EC Scholar recipients have completed a rigorous three-tier selection process that includes: meeting the Honors College admissions criteria, having an additional faculty review and completing an on-campus interview.  The incoming EC Scholar recipients have an average math/verbal SAT score of 1307 and an average unweighted GPA of 3.89.

- Joy Manning Holster, ECU News Services