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Alums fund ECU Program Supporting Students with Disabilities

May 22, 2014
East Carolina University

East Carolina University’s Project STEPP program, which supports students with learning disabilities who aspire to achieve a college education, has received a nearly $950,000 donation from Walter and Marie Williams of Greenville.

The ECU Board of Trustees acknowledged the gift at its meeting on April 25 and voted to rename the program the Walter and Marie Williams STEPP Program. The Williamses were early supporters of this innovative program, which began full-time operation in 2007.

Their total personal and extended support for the STEPP Program (including family and company gifts) now is at $1,124,943, according to Board of Trustees documents.

Sarah Williams, Project STEPP director, said the gift is “a fantastic start” toward building a $4 million endowment to ensure the program is sustainable.

Read more about ECU's Project STEPP program.