North Carolina State University’s Goodnight Scholars Program revealed the 15 recipients for its transfer class of 2021.
The cohort represents 10 North Carolina community colleges and four NC State academic colleges. Recipients were selected from a pool of 30 finalists who participated in an extensive application and interview process which included evaluation from NC State faculty, staff and Goodnight Scholars Program alumni.
“We truly enjoyed meeting our finalists at our first-ever transfer interview day, and we’re excited to welcome the recipients to campus this fall,” said Allison Medlin, director of the Goodnight Scholars Program. “From their applications to their interviews, everyone involved in our selection process was impressed by the talent, achievements and perseverance of these 15 students. Our program, and NC State, will benefit from their participation in our community.”
With the addition of transfer students, which will increase the total number of undergraduate Goodnight Scholars to 225 in fall 2018, the Goodnight Scholars Program represents one of the first scholarship programs in the U.S. to offer a generous scholarship and comprehensive developmental programming catered toward transfer students attending a four-year public university.
The Goodnight Scholars Program was established in 2008 out of the philanthropic generosity of North Carolina natives and NC State alumni Jim Goodnight, co-founder of global business analytic software leader, SAS Institute, and Ann Goodnight, director of community relations at SAS Institute and secretary for the NC State Board of Trustees.
The Goodnight Scholars Program is targeted at North Carolina residents from low- and middle-income families who aspire to study in a science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) or STEM education discipline at NC State. The value of the scholarship is $20,000 and is renewable up to four years for first-year students and three years for transfer students. In addition to the scholarship, Goodnight Scholars have access to an assortment of developmental programming focused on their professional and personal growth.
In its first decade, the Goodnight Scholars Program has evolved into a comprehensive student development program focused on cultivating professional and personal skills for 225 current Goodnight Scholars through a series of programming initiatives. Scholars receive guidance from local and national STEM industry leaders and entrepreneurs; participate in professional development workshops; and engage in local, national, and international outreach efforts. These efforts include STEM education outreach to Triangle elementary schools, as well as service trips to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Per the Program’s website, each programming initiative sponsored by the Goodnight Scholars Program strives to “develop critical skills and habits necessary for academic achievement; expose and educate students to current trends and advancement in the STEM and education industries; and establish strong personal and/or professional relationships with fellow Goodnight Scholars, NC State faculty/staff, NC State alumni, and STEM/education professionals.”