Students can nominate their alumni legacy parent(s) by writing an essay (300 words or less) which highlights:
  • Opportunities that the parent(s) have provided for their student
  • How the parent(s) served as role model for their student
  • Characteristics that make the parent(s) special
The selection committee will also consider the following for the parent(s):
  • Contributions to community organizations
  • Contributions in their respective profession
We will begin taking nominations for the 2014 Pirate Alumni Legacy Parent of the Year Award in late spring / early summer of 2014.

  The Legacy Parent of the Year Award is sponsored by Forever Pirates. Be a Pirate for life!
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Recipients are announced each year at the Pirate Alumni Legacy Brunch during Parents Weekend.

Ted Hollingsworth '79

"My wife and I both graduated from ECU and we are both lifetime members of the Alumni Association. We've always had a devotion to East Carolina, and because we gained so much from our education, we think lifetime membership is a great way to give back to the University. I would recommend lifetime membership to anyone who went to East Carolina. There are many wonderful benefits, and it's very special."

Jerry '65 and Joanie '65 Tolley

"I am a member of the alumni association because it provides an opportunity for me to connect to the university, renew relationships through alumni events, and help attract potential students to ECU. As an active member of the alumni association, I have the chance to serve as an advocate for the university through volunteerism. Being a member along with my son as a fellow Pirate demonstrates commitment and builds a legacy within our family."

Linda Thomas '81

"I am a member because ECU is my second home. Staying connected not only allows me to give back to the university but also inspire the next generation of pirates."

Tim Willis '12

"I am a member of the Alumni Association because I want everyone to know what East Carolina means to me and how much pride and love I have for ECU. Being a member means the world to me, and is the one way that I can give back and stay connected to the place that gave me the best years of my life."

Jeremy Woodard '01

"I am a member of the alumni association because I appreciate how well ECU prepared me for my business career. I enjoy contributing to the alumni association's efforts to provide scholarships for some of our best and brightest students. The Alumni Association does a great job of providing ways for alumni to reconnect with their alma mater and I hope when they do they enjoy it as much as I do. I believe in what ECU stands for and my membership helps me feel a part of the great things ECU is accomplishing!"

Wes Johnson '85