Featuring Courtney Dupree, Outstanding ECU Student
Courtney Dupree, from Raleigh, North Carolina, is a senior in the School of Communications and maintains a very active student lifestyle at East Carolina University. As Membership Education Vice President of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, she conducts weekly meetings, coordinates events for her fellow sisters as well as plan the educational needs of the sorority. In addition, she aided at-risk women in the Greenville community as a mentor with Operation Sunshine. One could say Courtney has definitely learned the meaning of leadership and service during her college experience.
Courtney has worked hard throughout her college career making this evident by being both a second time Alumni Scholarship recipient and an ECU Residential Scholarship recipient. She says,“being a Residential Scholar was a wonderful opportunity to be more involved with ECU’s Campus Living. The program opened doorways to various networking opportunities with ECU professionals as well as service experience.”
Courtney says that ECU has challenged her to become a leader and a servant. Through her involvement with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Pirate Tutoring Center, Athletic Department, Project Eye to Eye, and a blogger for College STAR, she has developed fundamental skills that have lead her down the path of success. She strives to maintain leadership roles and being a servant to her community well after she graduates from ECU.
Courtney expressed, “Personally, I believe that being a Pirate is fueled by a passion of service and leadership even after my time as a student. Through my time as a Pirate, I know my tomorrow started here, at ECU”
She is currently a Public Relations major and minoring in English. Courtney’s original dream was to become a broadcast journalist, but through her involvement and experiences at the university she realized that her interest was in Public Relations. She has been given the chance to work with individuals in urban and at-risk communities. Through these experiences, she discovered her passion by improving their health, communication, and life skills. She feels that her major has given her the insight and knowledge for any career path she chooses. She stated, “ECU has given me the confidence to want to help change the world.”
Courtney is a motivated individual and believes being a Pirate has given her a new value and drive for life. She is certain that ECU has developed her into a confident women ready to take on whatever life throws her way. East Carolina University has opened its doors to countless opportunities through scholarships, Greek life, and other service and leadership positions. She came to East Carolina with the mindset that college is different from high school; it is your job to do well in school in order to be successful in your future. She has made it on the Dean’s List almost every semester and she thanks the Pirate Tutoring Center, Project STEPP, The Career Center, and her faith for setting this path of success. During a questionnaire, Courtney wrote, “My faith is something that is very important to me and without the Lord’s blessing and guidance in my life I would not be where I am today”
Courtney describes ECU as “one big family” and there is something for everyone. Even though the campus may seem large, she sees familiar faces almost every day, “…There is somewhere for everyone to fit at ECU. This is the beauty of the school that makes it feel like a family. Walking down the street and yelling “Purple!” knowing someone will reply with “Gold!” is an unmatchable feeling of loyalty of being a Pirate and being a part of ECU”
Courtney Dupree is an exemplary student that defines what it means to be a Pirate. By living out in East Carolina University’s values of Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Discovery, her hard work has been rewarded through two scholarships, leadership roles within Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, community mentoring, and discovering who she is and who she wants to be.