Elizabeth City State University

Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) is a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina system. Through teaching, research, and community outreach, ECSU is a valuable resource for developing the intellectual capital of the state and for addressing the sensitive needs of northeastern North Carolina. As a native of Elizabeth City, North Carolina, it gives the President of YES Opportunities, Ms. Dorothy Rice-Cobbs, great joy to have her hometown college of Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) to facilitate our endowment established for students studying Sociology or the field of Social Work.

The disciplines of Sociology and Social Work are located within the Elizabeth City State University School of Arts and Humanities' Department of Criminal Justice, Sociology, and Social Work. The principal objective of the Department is to offer academic and social preparation of undergraduate students with a liberal arts education while preparing them to enter the work force, graduate, and professional schools. The mission of the Sociology Program at ECSU is to provide the best in the tradition of liberal education combining a scientific bent of mind mixed with a "sociological imagination" that is historical, comparative, critical, and global in nature. The Bachelor of Social Work Program at ECSU, accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, prepares students for Generalist Social Work Practice who are trained to address a wide range of social problems and needs.

Students that qualify for this endowment, with at least a 2.5 grade point average on a 4.00 collegiate scale, shall be selected by Elizabeth City State University's Scholarship Committee for either of these disciplines. As a Bachelor's grad in the discipline of Sociology, President Rice-Cobbs used her education in her initial employment as a Public School Counselor. Sociology, which involved social work, was the foundation for her being selected to go into graduate studies in Rehabilitation. After completing her Master's graduate studies, she moved onto working in the field of Rehabilitation for over 30 years as a Rehabilitation Specialist. This substantial background in her career is the basis for establishing this Sociology/Social Work endowment. Contact Patricia Gibbs at pjgibbs@mail.ecsu.edu or at 252-335-3225 for additional information on the full conditions concerning this scholarship endowment.