Makayla Harris (left), Madison Weeks and Erin Mackey are the current Gordon Darragh scholarship recipients. Their four-year scholarship covers tuition, fees, room and board, and emphasizes leadership development. (Photos by Cliff Hollis)

A lesser-known scholarship at East Carolina University valued at up to $100,000 aims to attract high achieving students on par with North Carolina State’s Park Scholarship and the Morehead-Cain Scholarship at UNC-Chapel Hill.

The Gordon Darragh Leadership Scholars Program provides a merit-based, four-year scholarship that covers tuition, fees, room and board, and emphasizes leadership development with the goal of enhancing the overall image of the university.

The scholarship’s namesake, Gordon Darragh, is a retired Greenville resident with a passion for supporting students. He said he hopes his scholarship helps attract the greatest talent to ECU.

“I didn’t realize how competitive it was to attract the top students in the state,” Darragh said. “It’s a lot like recruiting for football or basketball. It’s about what you can offer.”

One thing that distinguishes the Darragh scholarship from the Park or Morehead-Cain is that if a student decides to pursue a master’s degree at ECU, the scholarship will cover tuition, books and fees for that as well, Darragh said.

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Originally published Sept. 21, 2018.

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