The Honors College at East Carolina University recently held a luncheon at the Benvenue Country Club for area high school guidance counselors and administrators.
Representatives from Nash Central, Northern Nash, Rocky Mount High, Southern Nash, Rocky Mount Preparatory School, Rocky Mount Early College, Faith Christian School and Rocky Mount Academy were in attendance. Representatives from the Honors College were Dean Dr. Marianna Walker; Associate Dean Kevin Baxter; and Major Gifts Officer Cricket Morris.
The Honors College at ECU began just four years ago, but has rapidly expanded to 440 students. Those admitted are awarded renewable scholarships valued at the cost of in-state tuition for up to four years and any increases. Walker emphasized ECU is the only Honors College in the 16-campus UNC System that provides this kind of financial support.
“It allows us to compete for the best and brightest students,” she said. “One of our primary goals here today is to inform and encourage guidance counselors to identify their top students to us for recruitment as competition is keen.”
Baxter said that while students can major in any discipline there are Early Assurance opportunities for entry into the schools of Medicine, Occupational Therapy, Audiology, Nursing, and Physical Therapy, as well as a Business Scholars Program offering an additional $12,000 scholarship and guaranteed entry into ECU’s MBA or MSA program. In addition, the Honors College offers the EC Scholar award, which includes a $40,000 scholarship and a $5,000 study abroad stipend. Also, the criteria for application to the Honors College is minimum 3.5 un-weighted GPA or 4.0 weighted GPA and minimum math/verbal combined SAT of 1200 or ACT score of 27, in addition to leadership potential and community service.
The college is located in the historic Mamie Jenkins Building in the center of campus.
It features a student library and study room, offices, seminar classroom and an art gallery featuring student and faculty work. Here students can network as part of a vibrant impact-oriented group.
Host W. Richard Cobb (Class of ’68) announced a Rocky Mount-Nash ECU Honors Scholarship initiative is underway through alumni and friends to endow a minimum $125,000 to the college for support and enrichment of our students.
“We want to make a positive difference in the lives of area young people and the university,” Cobb said. “These students will be tomorrow’s community servants and leaders.”
The Honors College will have three first-year local students entering in the fall for the 2014-15 academic year – Lauren Lewis of Southern Nash High School, Julia Skinner of Rocky Mount High School and Jessica Rogers, an EC Scholar-Full Scholarship of Nash Central High School.