Below outlines the timeline and process for prospective students interested in the Class of 2026 cohort.

Invitation to Apply

In mid-December, the Goodnight Scholars Program will issue approximately 800 invitations to apply to prospective first-year NC State students who have applied for fall 2022 admission. This invitation gives each student access to the Goodnight Scholars Program online application. The invitation is sent to the email address listed on the student’s general NC State application. The application is accessible via Pack ASSIST.

To be considered to receive an invitation to apply, a student must:

  • Submit the general NC State application by November 1, 2021.
  • Indicate a family income of less than $110,000 on the NC State application (confirmed via the FAFSA. See the ‘Free Application for Federal Student Aid Submission’ below.)
  • Be a North Carolina resident. Refugee, DACA, and undocumented students who are living in North Carolina and will graduate from a North Carolina high school are also eligible for this scholarship.
  • Select a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) major or STEM education major.
  • Demonstrate a history of exceptional academic performance.

Additional criteria may be used to address critical needs in STEM and STEM education fields and encourage diversity and inclusion per the University’s strategic plan. Meeting all of our eligibility criteria does not guarantee you will receive an invitation to apply. Each year, the number of eligible candidates consistently exceeds the number of invitations we are able to distribute.


Prospective NC State students who wish to be considered for an invitation to apply may nominate themselves for consideration. This form also allows students to share unique academic and/or financial circumstances that they feel may cause them to be overlooked for an invitation to apply. Self-nomination does not guarantee an invitation to apply, nor is it required to receive an invitation to apply. The Class of 2026 self-nomination form has closed. Invitations to apply will be sent via email in mid-December.

The Goodnight Scholars Program Application

Questions on the Goodnight Scholars Program application will focus on the student’s academic achievement, extracurricular and community involvement, and understanding of the role STEM fields play in addressing key societal and global issues. The application will also contain a section for the student to self-report household income and other financial information. Applications will be due January 10, 2022 and will be reviewed by a committee of NC State faculty, staff, alumni, and campus partners. For information about how we are approaching candidate evaluation during the pandemic, please visit our FAQ.

Not sure where to start when drafting your essays? You can find helpful tips via the links below.

The Goodnight Scholars Finalist Interview Day

In early February, the review committee and the Goodnight Scholars Program professional staff will select the top 100 candidates to join us for a virtual Finalist Interview Day taking place on March 5, 2022. Participation in this event is required for all finalists who wish to be considered for the Goodnight Scholars Program. More information about the event will be shared in early 2022.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid Submission

By February 15, 2022, all students selected for the Goodnight Scholars Finalist Interview Day must submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The information reported via FAFSA is used to verify self-reported income data on the Goodnight Scholars Program application.

Recipient Selection and Notification

In early March 2022, the Goodnight Scholars Program selection committee will meet and select the recipients and alternates for the class of 2026. Recipients will be notified shortly after via the email address listed on their Goodnight Scholars Program application and a phone call from a current Goodnight Scholar. Recipients will have until April 15, 2022 to accept the scholarship offer.

Frequently Asked Questions

We encourage you to review our FAQ for additional information about eligibility, financial aid, and participation in the Goodnight Scholars Program.

Contact Us

We would love to hear from you and answer any other questions you have about our Goodnight Scholars community! You are invited to reach out to the Goodnight Scholars Program professional staff at