McCartney Residential Scholars

The Beginning

This is the first merit based residential scholarship program established on the East Carolina campus. The Residential Scholar program was founded to reward and encourage students to become active members of their campus and local community and to expose students to the leadership journey that others have taken. It’s the first scholarship program to envision and implement a strategic program of involvements with campus and community leaders to mentor and share their life experiences. Established in 2010 and inspired by the desire to create and improve the leadership and community involvement experiences of ECU students, the Residential Scholar program provides an undergraduate experience unlike any other.

The Framework

A scholarship of $4,000 per year is awarded to be used to support a student’s undergraduate on campus housing expenses. The program encourages your involvement with a vibrant group of like-minded students. The Residential Scholar program provides access to experienced mentors to introduce passion and potential to a world of opportunity. Scholars experience exclusive monthly enrichment and networking opportunities with campus and community leaders. Opportunities to apply for Campus Living funded grants to create community and campus initiatives are also available.

The Freedom

Scholars bring the potential. We set it free. We fund. We connect. We encourage. We teach. And on occasion, we challenge you to be more, to do more. Frequently, we just get out of the way and watch our students do great things. We want to provide a framework, then let Residential Scholars feel free to pursue their own interests, determine their own sphere of influence, and have their own impact.

2022-2023 Selection Timeline
  • Applications available through the ECUAward portal on December 22, 2021
  • All applications due by 11:59 p.m. on January 23, 2022
  • Interviews scheduled for February
  • Program offers made in March
  • Acceptance letters due, by deadline in offer letter.
To Apply

ECU Award User Guide

Applications are available at

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