Erin Ward Archives

Makayla Harris (left), Madison Weeks and Erin Mackey are the current Gordon Darragh scholarship recipients. Their four-year scholarship covers tuition, fees, room and board, and emphasizes leadership development. (Photos by Cliff Hollis)
Sep 21, 2018
  • Erin Ward


A lesser-known scholarship at East Carolina University valued at up to $100,000 aims to attract high achieving students on par with North Carolina State’s Park Scholarship and the Morehead-Cain Scholarship...

ECU alumna Nia Franklin has been named Miss America 2019.
Sep 10, 2018
  • Erin Ward


Nia Franklin, a Winston-Salem native and East Carolina University music composition graduate, was crowned Miss America on Sunday night. Franklin is the 92nd Miss America and the first winner to...

East Carolina University sign
Jul 03, 2018
  • Erin Ward


In order to better connect and engage with alumni, the East Carolina University Alumni Association is transitioning from its current transactional, dues-based membership model to one that includes all Pirate...

May 29, 2018
  • Erin Ward

Hannah Coalson

Community is what drew Hannah Coalson to East Carolina University and the Honors College. “I really liked the feel of it. And that you get to room with people that...

May 29, 2018
  • Erin Ward

Katelyn McKinney

A love of horses and an interest in psychology made Katelyn McKinney want to pursue equine-assisted therapy in college and beyond. Being an EC Scholar means she’ll have extra support...

May 09, 2018
  • Erin Ward


They share the same name, the same parents and the same love of East Carolina University. Now, the Parker quadruplets are finished with their first year of college. Payton, Patrick...

Chancellor Cecil Staton awards the Amethyst vase twice a year to individuals, couples, foundations, and corporate partners who generously support ECU.
Apr 20, 2018
  • Erin Ward


Thanks to donor initiatives, an East Carolina University student with dyslexia is succeeding in his classes, a nursing student with financial need is getting help paying for her education, and...

Walter Williams, who was honored during ECU’s 2010 Homecoming Parade, was one of the university’s most loyal advocates and benefactors.
Mar 05, 2018
  • Erin Ward


Walter Williams, one of East Carolina University’s most loyal advocates and benefactors, died in the early morning hours of March 5, 2018. He was 88. Williams and his wife Marie...

A $75,000 fund will create scholarships for public health students.
Feb 08, 2018
  • Erin Ward


A new public health scholarship will help East Carolina University students interested in working in long-term care, an increasingly important area of study as the state and nation’s population ages...

Brody School of Medicine (Photo by Gretchen Baugh)
Feb 02, 2018
  • Erin Ward


Every day, ECU’s Brody School of Medicine teems with professors and students pipetting cell cultures, analyzing tissues and eyeballing microscopes in the name of cutting-edge research. The Brody Brothers Foundation...