The Tidewater Virginia Alumni Chapter Scholarship

The East Carolina Alumni Association scholarships are annually awarded to students who are currently enrolled at East Carolina University as full-time undergraduates (including freshmen) who have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher.
The Tidewater Virginia Alumni Chapter Scholarship is open to students from the following cities/counties: Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Hampton, Newport News, and Suffolk. Scholarship applications are evaluated based on: demonstrated leadership, service/volunteerism, and recommendation (one signed letter that speaks to the applicant’s involvement in University/community related extracurricular activities or employment).

Applications must be complete and recommendation letters must be uploaded by midnight on January 31, annually.

The ECUAA scholarship program develops of a closer interactive relationship with its scholars. Understanding the interests and goals of each scholar has enabled ECUAA staff to select topics for a speaker series, connect scholars in touch with alumni (and non-alumni) in their field of interest, and build a community among the group. The integration into ECUAA events and activities has also offer the scholars a meaningful way to meet, interact, and thank participants and sponsors of our events for their generous support. ECUAA scholars are required to participate in the established program as stated in the ECUAA Scholarship Agreement.

Recipients will be part of the ECUAA Scholars Program and must fulfill several requirements.
(1) Formally accept scholarship offer through ECUAWard system
(2) Attend mandatory meeting of all scholars (late February).
(3) Sign the ECUAA Scholarship Agreement form and return to DSSP.
(4) Schedule a meeting with the DSSP to be conducted in March or early April.
(5) Breakfast with the ECUAA Board of Directors (late spring).
(6) Respond to all questions in Scholarship Survey sent to you by the DSSP.
(7) Volunteer at one of the two major scholarship fundraisers – Pirate Alumni Road Race (April) or Purple Gold Golf Open (September)
(8) Participate in videos pertaining to alumni scholarships, scholarship fundraising events, etc. and have headshot taken, at a date to be determined, for use by the association.

Participate in special events/activities throughout the academic year:
Fall Semester
o Attend Scholars Kick-Off Party (August).
o Attend Alumni awards dinner (Friday evening of Homecoming).
o Attend speaker series event and social events
o Volunteer at two tailgates events.

Spring Semester
o Attend Welcome Back Social (January).
o Attend speaker series event and social events

To remain eligible for offered scholarships:
(1) All scholarship offers are considered pending until student eligibility and good standing with the university has been confirmed each semester and may be amended or rescinded if the student eligibility changes.
(2) Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00.
(3) Scholars must fulfill the requirements listed above.
(4) Scholars who are non-compliant with the outlined requirements will be notified that their spring award will be canceled in early December.

Alumni Scholarships are credited directly to the student tuition/fee bill by the Cashier. Half of the scholarship will be awarded in fall and half will be awarded in spring.

Please direct any questions about the scholarship process within the ECU Alumni Association to Shawn Moore at or 252-328-5775. Questions can also be sent to for reply.

Supplemental Questions
  1. Are you a legacy Pirate? Are there other Pirate alumni in your family?
  2. If yes, please give name, year graduated, and relationship of each alumni relative.
  3. Some students have a background, identity, passion, interest, talent, or circumstance that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. Please share your story with us.
  4. This scholarship requires that each applicant provide one (1) reference. It should come from someone that can speak to your skills, abilities, activities, and/or community involvement, but is not a family member. You should make sure the reference provider is willing to answer a questionnaire about you. Then let them know to expect an email invitation with instructions and a link to the questionnaire they need to complete. It is your responsibility to make sure they complete prior to the scholarship deadline.