RALEIGH, February 23, 2015 – The Goodnight Scholars Program (goodnight.ncsu.edu) at NC State University revealed 96 finalists who will participate in the program’s inaugural Goodnight Scholars Finalist Interview Day, scheduled for February 28, 2015, at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library on Centennial Campus.
From the Finalist Interview Day, 50 students will be invited to be a part of the Goodnight Scholars Program’s Class of 2019 for the start of the 2015-2016 academic year.
“The addition of the Finalist Interview Day represents a major milestone for our program,” said Allison Medlin, director of the Goodnight Scholars Program. “We are delighted to have the opportunity to welcome these outstanding students to campus, introduce them to our current scholars, and get to know them better. We hope that each finalist will leave that day with an appreciation for the exceptional opportunities and community available to them at NC State.”
The 96 finalists were selected from a pool of 587 candidates from across North Carolina, representing seven NC State academic colleges. Finalists were scored by an application review committee consisting of 59 current and former NC State faculty, staff, and alumni, as well as, industry representatives from SAS Institute and the Kenan Fellows Program. Each finalist demonstrated exceptional accomplishments in their respective high school careers including stellar academic achievement, extracurricular involvement, community engagement, and inspiring goals for success in the STEM and/or STEM education fields.
To view the names of the 96 finalists for the Goodnight Scholars Program Class of 2019, please click here.
About the Goodnight Scholars Program
The Goodnight Scholars Program was established in 2008 out of the philanthropic generosity of North Carolina natives and NC State alums Dr. Jim Goodnight, co-founder of global business analytic software leader, SAS Institute, and Mrs. Ann Goodnight, director of community relations at SAS Institute and the University of North Carolina Board of Governors.
The Goodnight Scholars Program is targeted at North Carolina residents from middle-income families who aspire to study in a science, technology, education, mathematics (STEM) or STEM-related education discipline at NC State. Students who are accepted into the program receive an annual scholarship valued at $17,500 per year for up to four years ($70,000 total).
Since its humble beginnings, the Goodnight Scholars Program has evolved into a comprehensive student development program focused on cultivating professional and personal skills for 200 current Goodnight Scholars through a series of programming initiatives. 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. These efforts include STEM education outreach to Triangle elementary schools, as well as service trips to New Orleans, Louisiana and 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.”
In January 2015, the Goodnight Scholars Program announced the hiring of its first full-time director, Allison Medlin, who previously worked as an assistant and associate director with NC State’s University Scholars Program for 11 years.