Alumni Awards Process

The ECU Alumni Association presents several notable awards each year to alumni, faculty, graduating seniors, and those who have shown exceptional dedication to and support of the university. For details on each award, eligibility requirements, nomination forms and past recipients, please click on the awards below.

Alumni Awards
Honoring the achievements and service of members of the Pirate Nation is extremely important to the ECU Alumni Association. The most public way in which we honor our alumni is at our Alumni Awards Ceremony in the fall. The success of this program and the caliber of our award winners hinges on the letters and nominations that alumni like you send recommending fellow Pirates for our Awards. Here is the process for choosing the annual recipients of the Outstanding Alumni, Honorary Alumni and Virgil Clark '50 Distinguished Service Awards.

The Process
  • Download or print a form for the appropriate award and submit your nomination to the ECU Alumni Association (attn: Alumni Awards, Taylor-Slaughter Alumni Center, Mail Stop 305, Greenville, NC 27858-4353).
  • Nominations are accepted year-round. Deadline for consideration for the following year is November 1.
  • Only complete nominations will be presented to the Awards Committee of the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors.
  • The committee reviews the nominees and selects the recipients. Selections by the Awards Committee are not subject to a vote by the total Board of Directors; however, a report of such action is submitted to the Board.
  • The recipients are then contacted to see if they are available to attend the Awards Ceremony and Dinner (a requirement to receive an award).
  • Once confirmation of availability is obtained then the ECU Alumni Association will publicly announce the recipients.
  • If a nominee is not selected, they will be eligible again the following year. Nominations are valid for two years.
  • The Distinguished Service, Honorary Alumni, and Outstanding Alumni Awards are presented at the Awards Ceremony each fall.
You are encouraged to nominate someone today, so that they can be honored by the ECU Alumni Association and be held up as an example for the rest of the Pirate Nation.

Past Award Recipients

2016 Award Recipients
2015 Award Recipients
2014 Award Recipients
2013 Award Recipients
2012 Award Recipients
2011 Award Recipients
2010 Award Recipients
2009 Award Recipients
2008 Award Recipients
2007 Award Recipients

2006 Award Recipients
2005 Award Recipients

"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