The Betty S. Abernathy Memorial Scholarship

The Abernathy scholarship is a four year $20,000 scholarship awarded each year to an outstanding high school senior with a demonstrated commitment to the study of and a career in science or math education.

The scholarship is modeled after the N.C. Teaching Fellows Scholarship and, as such, recipients will be expected to teach in a public, charter, or government school for four years following graduation. Individuals have up to seven years to complete this requirement. The Abernathy Scholarship is administered from the ECU Education Community of Scholars office. Recipients will have a required on-campus living component for the freshmen year, a four year programmatic component, and specific criteria for receiving funds.

Finalists will be required to attend an on-campus interview, provide additional academic information (fall semester transcript), and reference information (2 references in signed/sealed envelope) at the interview. Specific directions about the provision of this additional information will be sent to all candidates that advance to the interview level.

Contact for more information: Dr. Dionna Manning, Director,, 252-328-4126.

Eligibility Requirements: Minimum score of 1080 on the SAT (math/critical reading) or 21 (composite) on the ACT; Minimum unweighted GPA of 3.0 or better; Must intend to teach science or math education upon completion of an undergraduate program. First preference will be given to a NC resident.

$20,000 over 4 years
Supplemental Questions
  1. What experiences have influenced your decision to pursue a career in teaching and how will these experiences help you in this career choice?