Goodnight Scholars Program Selects Finalists for Inaugural Transfer Class of 2019

Press Release: RALEIGH, April 19, 2017 – The Goodnight Scholars Program at NC State University revealed 19 finalists who will participate in the Program’s first interview round for its inaugural Transfer Class of 2019. Interviews will be held on April 24th through April 26th.

From the interview process, 10 students will be chosen to join the Goodnight Scholars Program’s historic Transfer Class of 2019 for the start of the 2017-2018 academic year.

“We are delighted to announce our first-ever transfer scholarship finalists,” said Allison Medlin, director of the Goodnight Scholars Program. “This is an exciting development in our Program’s history and a new experience for our volunteers and staff to review transfer student applications. We were amazed by the talent and perseverance demonstrated by this incredibly accomplished group, and we look forward to interviewing them.”

The 19 finalists were selected from a pool of 75 candidates from across North Carolina, representing four NC State academic colleges and 16 North Carolina counties. Finalists were scored by an application review committee consisting of 22 current and former NC State faculty and staff, as well as Goodnight Scholars alumni. Each finalist demonstrated exceptional accomplishments in their community college careers including stellar academic achievement, community involvement, and inspiring goals for success in the STEM or STEM education fields.

To view the names of the 19 finalists for the Goodnight Scholars Program Transfer Class of 2019, please click here.

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 targets 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 $19,500 and is renewable for up to four years for first-year students ($78,000 total), and two years for transfer students ($39,000 total). In addition to the scholarship, Goodnight Scholars have access to an assortment of developmental programming focused on their professional and personal growth.

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

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