Application Information

The application deadline is Jan. 15, 2024. Applications will be received at the following URL: East Carolina University’s Office of Student Financial Aid, upon the recommendation of the Scholarship Selection Committee, shall make final approval for each recipient. Recommendations shall be made for the following school year on or before June 1st. The scholarship awards will be for one (1) academic year (two (2) semesters). The scholarships are not automatically renewable; however recipients may reapply for the Scholarship in subsequent years. The East Carolina University Office of Student Financial Aid upon recommendation by the Scholarship Selection Committee shall cancel the Scholarship if the recipient fails to meet the standards described below. Any funds awarded but not yet disbursed at that time, shall be retained in the scholarship account. If termination occurs during the fall semester, an award may be made for the spring term to an eligible candidate, at the discretion of the Scholarship Selection Committee.

Children of SHRA Employees Scholarship

The Children of SHRA Employees Scholarship was established to assist deserving children of SHRA/CSS Employees with tuition assistance while attending East Carolina University. The Scholarship shall be awarded to undergraduate students who are children (including stepchildren and adopted children) of currently employed SHRA/CSS Employees at East Carolina University; who have been accepted for admission or who are enrolled full-time at East Carolina University. Other criteria in order of priority are:

  • Students must be pursuing first undergraduate degree.
  • Minimum 3.0 projected GPA for incoming freshman or actual GPA for current students at ECU.
  • Students must have demonstrated leadership potential.
  • Students must have demonstrated community involvement and extracurricular activities.
  • Any other criteria determined appropriate by the Scholarship Selection Committee.

Gail Jordan Memorial Scholarship

The purpose of the Fund is to provide scholarships to full-time SHRA, CSS, and non-faculty EHRA employees who are taking either undergraduate or graduate level courses at East Carolina University, in memory of Gail Jordan, a long-serving ECU staff employee with ties to all levels of the university. The intent of the scholarship is to cover the expenses for one or more courses (tuition, fees and books) to a staff employee after the employee has exhausted his/her eligibility for tuition free courses for that academic year.


Gail Jordan is remembered as an energetic person who enjoyed helping others. Jordan spent 36 years as a state employee. After four years with the N.C. Department of Revenue, she was hired in 1973 as a secretary in the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Business Affairs at East Carolina University. Following a short-lived move to Raleigh with her husband, Jordan returned to ECU in 1975. Jordan spent the rest of her career at ECU, rising to the job of assistant to the chancellor in 2004. Upon retiring in 2005, she received the ECU’s Founders Day award for her service to the university. She returned to ECU in 2006 temporarily as assistant to Kevin Seitz, then the Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance. Although Jordan’s life was cut short by breast cancer at the age of 57, the impact of Gail’s work and life at ECU lives on. As Abraham Lincoln noted, “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count; it’s the life in your years.” Gail put a lot of “life” in her years at ECU, and it’s in her memory that we are establishing the Staff Senate/Gail Jordan Memorial Scholarship Fund.