PLEASE CHECK WITH THE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT FOR SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS.
All scholarships require full-time attendance (12 hours for undergraduate; 6 hours for graduate) unless indicated otherwise.
All scholarships require a 3.0 cumulative GPA unless indicated otherwise.
All scholarships are for fall and/or spring semester only (summer not included) unless indicated otherwise.
All Athletic scholarship recipients are selected by the department, with final approval by the ECU Foundation Scholarship Committee.
Any exceptions must be approved by the department chair and the Foundation Scholarship Committee.


CENTENNIAL ATHLETIC ENDOWMENT
This scholarship was established in 2009, ECU’s Centennial Year, by Dr. Ronald and Estelle Evans, and will be awarded at the discretion of the Athletics department.

COMMITMENT TO CHAMPIONSHIPS CENTENNIAL ENDOWMENT
This scholarship will be awarded at the discretion of the Athletics department.

BRILES SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship will be awarded based on need and a minimum 2.5 GPA.  Originally established as part of the Federal Student Loan Program, this scholarship was transferred to the ECU Foundation in 1995.

CEA CHEERLEADER SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship will be awarded to a student who has been a CEA cheerleader for at least 1 full calendar year, in good standing with the CEA organization.  The student must be on the cheer team for CEA during his/her senior year of high school and must be accepted to ECU for the fall semester in which the scholarship is awarded.  The student must try-out and be selected for the East Central University Cheerleading squad per their regulations and maintain a 3.5 GPA or above.  The recipient will be selected by the CEA Scholarship Committee or their official designee. 

JIM AND GLENNA CRANFORD CHEERLEADING SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship will be awarded to a student who participates in the ECU Cheerleading program, with no requirement for major.  The student must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA to qualify for this scholarship, and must be of high character who will positively represent the names of James and Glenna Cranford.

CROSS COUNTRY SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship will be awarded to a deserving student who participates in the ECU Cross Country program.

DARLENE DRYDEN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship will be awarded to an ECU softball player that is going into their senior year and has played softball for ECU all 4 years of their college career.  The recipient must have a minimum 2.75 GPA and display leadership characteristics on and off the field as a representative of East Central University Athletics.  Darlene (Moore) Dryden was a cheerleader at ECU from 1975-1979.  While at ECU, she was involved in many campus activities and served as a resident assistant in Pesagi Hall.  She received her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, and served in the public school system for 25 years.  Darlene's daughter, Jami Dryden Graham, received her Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communications in 2004 and a Master's Degree in Education in 2007.  Jami was a stand-out softball player for the ECU Tigers from 2000-2004.  Friends and family established this scholarship in memory of Darlene and as a legacy for Jami.  

RUBEN AND KARLA ELIZARDE CENTENNIAL ATHLETIC ENDOWMENT
This scholarship will be awarded to a student of Hispanic heritage who has completed athletic eligibility, but still needs additional hours to obtain a bachelor's degree.  This scholarship may also be awarded to a student athlete working toward a master's degree.  Preference will be given to a student who has participated in the football program; however, if there is not a student who meets these guidelines at any given time, consideration may be given to a Hispanic student of either gender who has participated in any sport offered by ECU. 

DUANE GODWIN CENTENNIAL MEMORIAL ENDOWMENT
This scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding athlete, with preference given to a participant in ECU’s basketball program.  Recipients must have completed their playing eligibility or are serving as graduate assistants.  The funds for this scholarship were donated in memory of Duane, an outstanding basketball player at ECU, after his untimely death.

HIGGINBOTHAM FAMILY ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship will be awarded at the discretion of the Athletic Department, and will be used primarily to assist with educational expenses for graduate assistants.  Dorothy Higginbotham was an ECU alumna who understood and recognized the value of higher education, and established this scholarship as part of her estate planning.

LEE HORNE CENTENNIAL ATHLETIC ENDOWMENT
This scholarship will be awarded to a student participating in ECU’s football or basketball program who has no remaining eligibility, but still needs additional college work to reach degree completion.  Mr. Horne was an avid supporter of ECU athletics and other programs, as well, and served on the Foundation’s Board of Directors for several years.  This scholarship was established in his memory by his family, friends, and colleagues after his death in 2009.

FRANK AND RUTH KENNON CENTENNIAL ATHLETIC ENDOWMENT
This scholarship will be awarded to a current or former ECU basketball or football player, at the discretion of the ECU Men's Basketball Coach or ECU's Athletic Director.  This scholarship was established by Coach Kennon’s family, friends, and former students in his memory.

CHRIS LANE CENTENNIAL ATHLETIC ENDOWMENT
This scholarship will be awarded at the discretion of the Athletics department.

ROD RICHARDSON MEMORIAL ATHLETIC ENDOWMENT
This scholarship will be used to provide scholarships for East Central University students who are involved in the ECU football program, but who have completed their eligibility or are serving as graduate assistants.  Between stints of serving in the United States Marine Corps, Rod Richardson had three experiences of a lifetime, all while attending East Central University. Richardson met his future wife Rita Aleene Wiley, played football on a conference championship team in 1975 under head coach Pat O’Neal and earned his degree from ECU in 1976. Throughout his years in the United States Marine Corps, Lt. Col. Rod C. “K2” Richardson was a leader in training and fighting whether it be in the jungles, in the desert or on the oceans patrolled by the U.S. Fleet. After the Global War on Terror began in 2001, Richardson began working as a civilian contractor providing VIP security services throughout the Middle East, first in Afghanistan and primarily in Iraq.  On Oct. 4, 2006 near Baghdad, Iraq, Richardson was killed as a result of injuries received from an improvised explosive device. He strongly believed in service, discipline, physical training and developing the abilities of those he commanded. He was known to care for his men but did not expect them to do anything he could not do. He was known for always being out front as a leader.  This scholarship was established by friends, family, and colleagues in his memory. 

THORPE-WHITE SCHOLARSHIP 
This scholarship will be awarded to a Native American male (CDIB required) who is active in athletics on the college level.  This was established by Louzelle Thompson White Malcom in memory of Jim Thorpe, a student of her husband Charles Walter White who taught in Garden Grove School (east of Shawnee, OK).

KEN TURNER CENTENNIAL ATHLETIC ENDOWMENT
This scholarship will be awarded at the discretion of the Athletics department.