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NC State Announces Caldwell Fellows Class of 2012

The Caldwell Fellows program – North Carolina State University’s oldest university-wide merit scholarship program – has selected 21 first-year students for its Class of 2012. Click here to read more about these students, who join 81 other current Caldwell Fellows.

The newest Caldwell Fellows were selected from a pool of 192 applicants and 45 finalists. In an intensive two-part process, a volunteer corps of 90 alumni, faculty and friends reviewed applications and interviewed finalists to choose 20 Fellows with the right combination of academic performance, leadership experience and potential, interest in community and service, commitment to physical challenge and personal growth, and commitment to The Caldwell Fellows program. One other student in the Caldwell Class of 2012 was selected as a Shelton Scholar last spring.

The students will receive a three-year Caldwell Fellowship, valued at more than $17,000, for tuition, training at the internationally acclaimed Center for Creative Leadership, global internships and service projects, a 10-day wilderness experience and a rigorous program of seminars, individual coaching and retreats.

With a programmatic focus on servant leadership, Caldwell Fellows have designed and executed projects in recent years that have taken them to Bosnia to study conflict resolution, the Philippines to support the assessment of HIV/AIDS education, to St. Croix to investigate aggressive behaviors in fish, to Siberia to support educators in the development of curricula related to sustainable development, and to Israel to participate in an archaeological dig.

Locally, they’ve also initiated and led service projects at Haven House, Kids’ Café, Open Door Clinic, WE Recycle and SATELLITE, a science and technology camp at NC State for high schools students from under-served, rural communities.

The scholarship program was created in 1977 by the NC State Alumni Association to honor the legacy of Chancellor John T. Caldwell. It merged with the NC Fellows program in 2000 and today is the only university-wide merit award at NC State for first-year students. Alumni Association endowments support the program.

Caldwell Fellows figure prominently in NC State student achievement. Senior Sarah Yasin won the 2009 NC State Mathews Medal for service to the campus community. Juniors Halli Sigal and Natalie Bunch were tapped recently for Golden Chain. Brian Clark ’08, currently at Cambridge University in England on a Marshall Scholarship, has received a fellowship to MIT to study physics. Seniors Allison Barbour and Adriana Horton were inducted into the prestigious national honor society of Phi Beta Kappa.

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