ECU College of Education hosts Annual Ceremony to Honor Scholarship Recipients, Donors

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More than 100 students in the East Carolina University College of Education received a record amount of scholarship support for the upcoming academic year.

For the 2017-18 academic year, more than $582,000 in merit and need-based scholarships were distributed to 102 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral education students. The awards range from $250-$20,000. Some of the awards are open to all education students while others are earmarked for specific education majors or programs.

“Attracting the best students and ensuring access to a university education rank among our highest priorities at ECU, and scholarships help us accomplish both of these objectives,” said Chris Dyba, vice chancellor for advancement at ECU, who spoke at the Aug. 25 College of Education Scholarship Recipient and Donor Recognition Ceremony.

Dr. Grant Hayes, dean of the College of Education, acknowledged the importance of student support during his address at the ceremony.

“The college is committed to preparing high-quality educators,” Hayes said. “It is inspiring to see how our donors are making it possible for these exceptional individuals to pursue their passions and impact the lives of others in a positive way.”

Scholarships within the College of Education are often established with private funds to honor or remember influential educators and support the academic pursuits of future education professionals.

Student speaker, Kyndall Westerbeek, was inspired to start a scholarship at her high school after attending the ceremony her freshman year, and encouraged donors to “share their stories with the scholarship recipients,” and for the recipients “to listen and learn from these wonderful and giving individuals.”

ECU’s College of Education is the largest producer of new teachers in the state and the oldest professional school on ECU’s campus. The mission of the College of Education is the preparation of professional educators and allied practitioners, including teachers, counselors, media coordinators, special education professionals, and principals and administrators.

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