Representing some of the best and brightest high school students from cities across North Carolina, the newest class of EC Scholars begin their undergraduate experience at East Carolina University this summer.
“We extend a hearty Pirate welcome to this incoming cohort of outstanding students,” said Dr. Ron Mitchelson, provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs. “We certainly welcome their talent and their commitment to the life of the mind. More importantly, we welcome their willingness and ability to address the great challenges that we face as a region, a country, and a planet. I look forward to the products of their creativity and entrepreneurial spirit.”
Housed in the ECU Honors College, the EC Scholar award is the most prestigious and competitive undergraduate merit scholarship at ECU. The award recognizes not only outstanding academic achievement, but also a commitment to community engagement, leadership, and entrepreneurial spirit. The scholars receive a four-year scholarship of approximately $62,000, along with a stipend for study abroad experiences.
“The most enjoyable part of working with each EC Scholar class is watching them realize their own possibilities and embrace their role as an engaged citizen,” said Dr. Todd Fraley, director of the EC Scholars Award Program. “As they are exposed to new ideas, people, and experiences, both on campus and abroad, they gain a better sense of the impact they can have as an individual, but also as part of a group of highly motivated and intellectually curious young people.”
Each year, 20 scholars are admitted to the Honors College and this year’s class was chosen from more than 100 candidates. The selection process includes meeting Honors College admissions criteria, and participating in a faculty review and interview process during Selection Sunday, held each spring on ECU’s campus. This year’s incoming class has an average combined math/verbal score of 1355, an average ACT score of 28.9 and an average unweighted GPA of 3.89.
Photos by Rhett Butler.