Press Release: The Goodnight Scholars Program Selects 96 Finalists for Class of 2020

96 finalists representing 39 North Carolina counties will participate in the Goodnight Scholars Finalist Interview Day for 50 spots in the Class of 2020.

RALEIGH, February 11, 2016 – The Goodnight Scholars Program at NC State University revealed 96 finalists who will participate in the program’s 2nd annual Finalist Interview Day, scheduled for February 27, 2016, at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library on Centennial Campus.

From the Finalist Interview Day, 50 students will be invited to be a part of the Goodnight Scholars Program’s Class of 2020 for the start of the 2016-2017 academic year.

“We are excited to welcome this outstanding group of finalists to campus,” said Allison Medlin, director of the Goodnight Scholars Program. “Their personal and academic achievements are exceptional. We look forward to meeting them and getting to know them better. Our goal is that each finalist will leave the interview day with an appreciation for the wealth of opportunities available to them in the Goodnight Scholars Program and at NC State.”

The 96 finalists were selected from a pool of 695 candidates from across North Carolina, representing six NC State academic colleges. Finalists were scored by an application review committee consisting of 115 current and former NC State faculty, staff, and alumni, as well as, industry representatives from SAS Institute and the Kenan Fellows Program. Each finalist 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/or STEM education fields.

To view the names of the 96 finalists for the Goodnight Scholars Program Class of 2020, please click here (file will download as a PDF).

About the Goodnight Scholars Program

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 targeted at North Carolina residents from middle-income families who aspire to study in a science, technology, engineering, mathematics or STEM-related education discipline at NC State. Students accepted into the program receive an annual scholarship valued at $17,500 per year for up to four years ($70,000 total).

Since its humble beginnings, the Goodnight Scholars Program has evolved into a comprehensive student development program focused on cultivating professional and personal skills for 200 current Goodnight Scholars through a series of programming initiatives. 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.”

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