The Department of Engineering PIRATES Scholars Program

These scholarships will be awarded to high-achieving incoming freshmen in the Department of Engineering with demonstrated financial need. In addition to financial support, this program offers scholars access to a range of co-curricular supports designed to help their transition into college and enhance their academic and professional success. Scholarship recipients should be willing to participate in program activities and must live in the ELC (Engineering Learning Community) during their freshman year.

Applicants will be required to provide information for two references who can provide a letter of recommendation. One letter must be from a high school teacher in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics) subject. References should be able to speak to the applicant’s motivation, maturity, perseverance, reliability, self-reliance, and teamwork.

Finalists may be required to provide additional information as requested by the selection committee and will be notified by email.

Eligibility requirements: minimum score of 620 on the SAT math or 26 on the ACT math sections; unweighted high school GPA of 3.0 or better; and must intend to earn a B.S. in Engineering from the Department of Engineering at ECU.

Contact for more information: Dr. RIcky Castles, Associate Professor of Engineering,; 252.737.1188.

Up to $10,000 - Renewable up to 4 years
Supplemental Questions
  1. Please provide your best ACT or SAT MATH score.
  2. Describe your general approach to time management. Provide examples of how you have been successful in managing your time and examples of what you have learned from times that you have not managed your time effectively.
  3. Please provide contact information for two individuals that can speak to your motivation, maturity, perseverance, reliability, self-reliance, and teamwork.
    • Reference #1 - High School STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) Teacher
    • Reference #2
  4. In addition to providing the names and email addresses for your references, the review committee would like to know how the reference providers know you and to have a phone number for each reference provider. Please provide reference provider name, relationship to you, and phone number below.