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Goodnight Scholars Program Announces Class of 2023

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For Immediate Release

The Goodnight Scholars Program at North Carolina State University revealed the 50 recipients selected for its Class of 2023. These recipients were selected from a pool of 100 finalists who participated in the program’s 5th Annual Goodnight Scholars Finalist Interview Day on Saturday, March 2 at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library on NC State’s Centennial Campus.

Recipients were interviewed by current and former NC State faculty, staff and alumni, as well as industry representatives from SAS Institute and the Kenan Fellows Program. Each recipient demonstrated exceptional accomplishments in their respective high school careers including stellar academic achievement, extracurricular involvement, community engagement and inspiring goals for success in the STEM and STEM education fields.

“The selection process for the Class of 2023 was our most competitive yet,” said Allison Medlin, director of the Goodnight Scholars Program. “The caliber of applicants and finalists set a new bar for excellence, which is reflected in this exceptional cohort. We’re excited to welcome these recipients to campus, and know they will contribute much to our program and community.”

Biographies of the Goodnight Scholars Program Class of 2023 are available.

The Goodnight Scholars Program was established in 2008 out of the philanthropic generosity from North Carolina natives and NC State alumni Dr. Jim Goodnight, co-founder of global business analytic software leader SAS Institute, and Mrs. Ann Goodnight, director of community relations at SAS Institute.

The Goodnight Scholars Program is available to North Carolina residents from low- and middle-income families who aspire to study in a science, technology, engineering, mathematics or STEM education discipline at NC State. The value of the scholarship is $20,500 and is renewable for up to four years for first-year students ($82,000 total), and three years for transfer students ($61,500 total).

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 over 225 current Goodnight Scholars per year. Goodnight Scholars receive insight and support from local and national STEM industry leaders and entrepreneurs; participate in professional development workshops; and engage in local, national and international outreach efforts including STEM education outreach to North Carolina schools and 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.”

Learn more about the Goodnight Scholars Program.