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The Access Scholarship program, begun just two years ago, has grown to serve 62 students as of fall semester. The scholarships are worth $5,000 a year for four years, enough to cover college costs beyond what’s available in most student loans. More than 9,000 undergraduate students at East Carolina have demonstrated financial need, the highest in the UNC system. With existing resources ECU is only able to meet 60 percent of financial aid requests from students with the most need. A $250,000 gift from BB&T allowed the program to expand by two scholarships. For more about this gift, see page 38.

Spiders for scholarships Greenville’s expensive real estate Let’s say you’ve just taken a job teaching at East Carolina and will be moving to Greenville from, say, Raleigh. You should be able to buy a much nicer house in Greenville than the one you had in Raleigh, right? Wrong. Based on sales over the past year, the average price of a 2,220-foot, four-bedroom home with 2½ baths, a family room and a two-car garage here will cost you about $50,000 more than in Raleigh, according to a national survey by Coldwell Banker Real Estate. Greenville real estate also is pricier than Winston-Salem and Durham. Rank School

1 Stanford University

City Housing cost Palo Alto, Calif. Charlottesville, Va.


21 University of North Carolina

Chapel Hill


30 West Virginia University

Morgantown, W.Va.

42 Virginia Tech University

Blacksburg, Va.

47 East Carolina University Greenville 74 North Carolina State University Raleigh 78 Wake Forest University Winston-Salem 83 Duke University Durham, N.C.


$ 1,740,731

17 University of Virginia

331,333 302,075 283,022 236,124 230,667 221,491

90 University of Tennessee

Knoxville, Tenn.


100 University of South Carolina

Columbia, S.C.


There’s a new reason to give money to ECU: You could get a spider named for you. Biologist Jason Bond, who received international attention last summer for naming two of his newly discovered trapdoor spiders after musician Neil Young and talk show host Stephen Colbert, is offering similar naming rights to donors to a scholarship fund for students studying biodiversity. “We want this event to be a lot of fun, as well as informative,” says Jeff McKinnon, chair of the biology department. The largest donor to the fund will win the opportunity to name one of Bond’s trapdoor spiders. The winner was to be announced on Feb. 12. Bond discovered the new species of trapdoor spiders in late 2007 and is in the process of naming them. Other species in Bond’s collection have been named after Nelson Mandela, Neil Young, Angelina Jolie, and Bond’s wife, Kristen. To learn who won and how much money was raised for scholarships, visit biology.

East Spring 2009  
East Spring 2009  

The magazine of East Carolina University.