Medlin Named Director of Goodnight Scholars
Allison Medlin, a decade-long veteran of student engagement at NC State, has been appointed the new director of the Goodnight Scholars Program, the Division of Enrollment Management and Services announced.
Medlin has been at NC State since 2004, serving most recently as the associate director of the University Scholars. She’s looking forward to growing the relatively new program that provides scholarship support to 200 students annually from middle-income families who intend to major in STEM or STEM-education fields (science, technology, engineering and math) and reside in North Carolina.
It began in 2008 with the support of SAS Institute CEO and founder Jim Goodnight and SAS Director of Community Relations Ann Goodnight.
“I am excited to be joining the Goodnight Scholars program,” Medlin said.”I feel ready to take the next step to lead this program and I can’t think of a better transition because it allows me to continue working with high-achieving students at NC State.”
Medlin believes the budding program will serve as a national scholarship model for middle-income students.
“I get to be part of a program that is on the cutting edge, and the potential to see where it goes is really exciting,” Medlin said. “One of my goals is to make sure it receives the attention it deserves.”
With more than 11 years of experience in student engagement and development and a dedication to serving NC State students, Medlin’s extensive experience in the University Scholars Program and in the National Student Exchange Program made her an ideal fit for the leadership role within the Goodnight Scholars Program, said Louis Hunt, senior vice provost and university registrar.
“[She] is an accomplished professional with the experience and passion needed to further the growth of the Goodnight Scholars Program and the achievement of its students,” Hunt said. “We look forward to her leadership.”
Participants in the program receive a scholarship valued at $17,500 for a total of four years of undergraduate study at NC State. The program provides financial support but also aims to facilitate students’ academic, professional and social development through engagement and thought-provoking activities.
“The Goodnight Scholars Program has quickly grown into one of the nation’s pre-eminent programs in STEM education,” Hunt said. “Its students are phenomenal and fulfill a critical need in our state.”
To learn more about the Goodnight Scholars Program visit: http://goodnight.ncsu.edu