Oct. 5, 2023


Leha Byrd

ECSU Communications and Marketing  

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Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) received funding from a $4,066,770 grant under the U.S. Department of Education's Title III Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Program.

The grant supports 10 activities designed to bolster various aspects of the university. Among them are elements of the university’s “Forging Our Future” Strategic Plan, including improvements to infrastructure and enhancing student enrollment, retention, and graduation rates.

The aid will bolster faculty and students receiving firsthand research and training experiences, as well as underpin the institutional approach to inclusion and engagement for students. Funds are also available to support administrative decision-making.

This type of financial backing is instrumental for institutions like ECSU, who aim to remain viable, affordable, and academically astute. ECSU is an NC Promise institution, which offers $500 per semester tuition to in-state students. In recent U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges rankings, ECSU was 19th among HBCUs. In another facet of the distinction, ECSU ranked fifth among the Top Public Schools and number 28 in Regional Colleges South.

"Title III funding continues to play a vital role in ECSU's success at all levels. These grant funds support the University's initiatives and allow for growth, improvement, and competitiveness," said Annemarie Delgado, director of Sponsored Programs, Contracts, and Grants at ECSU. "This support from the Department of Education is a staple of stability for our academic community."


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