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About the Event

Founders Day Scholarship Gala

Hugh CaleIt was on the 17th of January, 1891 that Hugh Cale presented to the North Carolina General Assembly House Bill 383 asking for establishment of the State Colored Normal School at Elizabeth City. On the 3rd of March 1891, that bill was passed and properly enrolled. This historical event records Hugh Cale as founder of the present Elizabeth City State University. From an enrollment of 23 students in 1891 to over 1,800 students in 2014, Elizabeth City State University has provided coastal North Carolina with a student-centered environment of higher education that emphasizes accountability, diversity, excellence and a holistic approach to student preparation for leadership roles and lifelong learning.
For the past 43 years, the ECSU Foundation and its contributors have provided scholarship assistance to hundreds of Viking students. The purpose of the Founders Day Gala, now in its eighth year, is to raise scholarship funding for deserving students. Our goal this year is to raise $200,000 to provide an exceptional education to the students who have entrusted their futures to ECSU. With your support, the number of scholarships awarded will increase and together we can help make a difference. Will you join us?


Saturday, March 7, 2014 • 7:00PM
Elizabeth City State University • K.E. White Graduate Center

Tickets: $100 per person
Dinner | Special Honoree Recognitions | Dancing

Black Tie

350 Attendees (ECSU Students, Alumni, Community, Government & Corporate Leaders)

About the ECSU Foundation

The Elizabeth City State University Foundation (the "Foundation"), is a nonprofit corporation incorporated on February 3, 1971 under the laws of the State of North Carolina. The Foundation's purpose is to provide financial assistance to students of Elizabeth City State University, to facilitate fundraising efforts on behalf of the University, and to serve as an advocate for the University in the community at large. The Foundation is the single member of the Elizabeth City State University Housing Foundation, LLC (Housing Foundation) and is a limited liability company formed in North Carolina on December 20, 2002. Its purpose is to further the charitable purposes of the Foundation and to construct student housing facilities for use by the University.

ECSU Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization.