Board of Visitors talks scholarships

Doug Strickland, a member of the ECU Board of Visitors, takes aim on the ROTC virtual shooting range as Capt. Bryan Vaden, ROTC instructor, assists. The Board of Visitors toured and tried out the shooting range as part of its November meeting on campus. (Contributed photo)


By Mary Schulken
Director of Public Affairs

The need for additional support for three Access Scholars supported by East Carolina University’s Board of Visitors was one theme when the board met in November in Greenville.

Among the updates at that meeting was a report by Sabrina Bengel, chair of the Fundraising and Development Committee, that the BOV needed an additional $16,000 this year to fully support three scholarships. The board discussed options such as holding fundraising events in members’ home communities, reaching out to former Access Scholars for support and asking each member to donate $400.

Support for Access scholarships is especially critical now, Bengal told the group, with cutbacks on state funding and the stress the current economic conditions have placed on families and students.
Board of Visitors’ members also heard updates on the university’s budget, athletic conference realignment and marketing.

One highlight was a tour of the ECU ROTC virtual shooting range, where members got a chance to try their skills.

The Board of Visitors is a service and advocacy organization of ECU made up of 60 members elected by the Board of Trustees. Its primary purpose is to assist the Board of Trustees and chancellor in improving the excellence and effectiveness of the university.