First-Year applicants can learn more about the application process below:

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 2020 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 receive an automatic invitation to apply, a student must:

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.


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 to our Program. The Class of 2024 self-nomination form will open here on November 1, 2019.

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 15, 2020 and will be reviewed by a committee of NC State faculty, staff, alumni, and campus partners.

The Goodnight Scholars Finalist Interview Weekend

In early February, the review committee and the Goodnight Scholars Program professional staff will select the top 100 candidates to join us for an in-person interview on NC State’s Centennial Campus. The Finalist Interview Weekend is currently scheduled for Saturday, February 29, 2020. Interviews are conducted by NC State faculty, staff, alumni, and campus partners.

Please note: The Finalist Interview Day is mandatory for finalists who wish to be considered for the Program.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid Submission

By February 15, 2020, 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 2020, the Goodnight Scholars Program selection committee will meet and select the recipients and alternates for the Class of 2023. Students will be notified of their status in mid-March via the email address listed on their Goodnight Scholars Program application. Recipients will have until April 15, 2020 to accept the scholarship offer.

Frequently Asked Questions

We encourage you to review our FAQ for additional information about our Program and scholarship. If you have more questions after reading the FAQ, please feel free to contact us at