Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences

Harold H. Bate Study Abroad Fund Established for College of Arts & Sciences Students

Targets Students from Craven, Jones, Pamlico Counties

January 14, 2016

By Lacey Gray
Director of Marketing and Communications
Thomas Harriot College of Arts & Sciences

Harold H. Bate
More students in East Carolina University's Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences may study abroad in the coming year due to the recently established Harold H. Bate Study Abroad Fund. The fund is open to majors in Arts and Sciences, or second majors, from Craven, Jones or Pamlico counties, who have a minimum 2.0 GPA, and are participating in an ECU faculty-led summer study abroad program or an approved semester/academic year exchange program.

"Harriot College is committed to making study abroad programs accessible and affordable for as many students as possible," said Dean of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences William M. Downs. "I am pleased to announce the addition of the Harold H. Bate Study Abroad Fund to a list of growing scholarships available to assist our students in the goal of becoming more globally engaged, competent and competitive."

To apply for a Harold H. Bate Study Abroad Scholarship, students may visit the academic works website at A minimum of one letter of recommendation from an ECU faculty member who has taught the applicant, and an essay (500 words or less) describing the potential impact of studying abroad on the applicant's professional or personal goals are required, in addition to the application on the academic works site.

Award amounts will range between $1,000 - $4,000 for a summer study abroad program, or $4,000 - $8,000 for semester or academic year study abroad programs. Scholarships will be available beginning with Summer 2016 study abroad programs.

Harold H. Bate was a philanthropist, investor and retired lumber executive who made his home in New Bern, NC, prior to his death in 2000. Thanks to his generosity, the Harold H. Bate Foundation was founded by his estate and helps provide support for many people and local charities in eastern North Carolina. For additional information about the Harold H. Bate Foundation, visit