The Goodnight Scholars Program Selects Finalists for Transfer Class of 2021

Copper Wolf on Central Campus in the fall.

RALEIGH, April 16, 2018 – The Goodnight Scholars Program at NC State University revealed 30 finalists who will participate in the Program’s first Transfer Finalist Interview Day on April 28th at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library on NC State’s Centennial Campus.

From the interview day, 15 students will be chosen to join Goodnight Scholars Program’s Transfer Class of 2021 for the start of the 2018-2019 academic year.

“We are excited to welcome these finalists to our first-ever Transfer Finalist Interview Day,” said Allison Medlin, director of the Goodnight Scholars Program. “This promises to be a wonderful new tradition for our Program, and we are thrilled to kick it off with such a talented and accomplished group of finalists. We hope they leave the interview day with an even greater appreciation for the wealth of opportunities available to them at NC State.”

The 30 finalists were selected from a pool of 107 candidates from across North Carolina, representing four NC State academic colleges and 22 North Carolina counties. Finalists were scored by an application review committee consisting of current and former NC State faculty and staff, SAS Institute Emerging Leaders, Kenan Fellows, and 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 30 finalists for the Goodnight Scholars Program Transfer Class of 2021, 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 $20,000 and is renewable for up to four years for first-year students ($80,000 total), and three years for transfer students ($60,000 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 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.”

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