Academic excellence, professional achievement, and civic engagement are the cornerstones of the Goodnight Scholars Program.

Established in 2008

The Goodnight Scholars Program, funded by a gift from Dr. Jim and Ann Goodnight, began with 25 scholars. Since then, it has grown into a comprehensive student development program designed to develop scholars into leaders within the STEM and/or education fields.

The scholarship is available to low and middle-income families from North Carolina and is limited to students studying in the STEM disciplines or affiliated education majors. The value of the scholarship is $22,000 and is renewable for 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.

The Goodnight Scholars Program is expanding to include a cohort of 50 transfer students from community colleges throughout North Carolina. The program currently enrolls 50 first-year students and 25 transfer students each year. The expansion of the Goodnight Transfer Scholars Program is the latest step in deepening the relationship between NC State and the North Carolina Community Colleges System. The growth of the Goodnight Transfer Scholars Program aligns with NC State’s commitment to expanding educational access to North Carolina students, especially to those traditionally underrepresented in higher education. Increasing opportunity is a cornerstone of NC State’s Think and Do the Extraordinary Campaign.

Our Mission

The Goodnight Scholars Program invests in students from low- and middle-income families in North Carolina studying in STEM or STEM education disciplines. The Program empowers Goodnight Scholars to “pay it forward” as transformational leaders at NC State, in North Carolina, and in the world.

To accomplish this, every Goodnight Scholars Program initiative is created with the following goals in mind:

  • To develop essential skills and competencies necessary for academic and professional achievement within STEM and STEM education disciplines.
  • To develop informed and influential leaders and advocates for STEM and STEM education. 
  • To cultivate champions of service and civic engagement.
  • To inspire a lifelong commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • To create an inclusive, welcoming, and supportive community of scholars that fosters a sense of belonging and purpose.

Program Components

More than just a scholarship, the Goodnight Scholars Program invests in students in multiple ways by providing a variety of opportunities for enrichment, professional development, mentorship and networking:

  • A full-tuition scholarship, valued at $21,000 per year
  • A comprehensive first year experience, including summer onboarding, new scholar retreat, and peer mentorship program
  • Weekly professional, social and service programming
  • A professional mentorship program for second- and third-year scholars
  • Domestic and international travel opportunities
  • Enrichment grants to fund scholars’ unique aspirations
  • A supportive community of scholars, alumni and professional staff members