ECU hospitality student awarded national scholarship

East Carolina University student Ellisa Thompson was one of three students nationwide selected for the Arthur J. Packard Memorial Scholarship, granted by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation. She was awarded third place with a $2,000 scholarship.


Thompson is a senior in ECU’s School of Hospitality Leadership and the daughter of Joe and Tami Thompson of Hatteras Island.

“My education at East Carolina University has been an amazing experience so far, and I feel so blessed to have the faculty’s continuous support.  It’s almost time for me to take this knowledge out into the hospitality world, and hopefully continue to achieve great things,” Thompson said.

Dr. Bob O’Halloran, director of the School of Hospitality Leadership, said Thompson’s accomplishments set the standards for the ECU hospitality program. “The Packard is the top award given from the American Hotel and Lodging Education,” he said. “Her selection highlights her skills and work and sends a message about the high quality education at ECU and in the School of Hospitality Leadership.”