About Us

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


The Goodnight Scholars Program, funded by a gift from Dr. Jim and Ann Goodnight, began in 2008 with 25 scholars. Since that time, 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 targeted at middle income families from North Carolina and is limited to students studying in the STEM disciplines or affiliated Education majors. There are limited need-based resources for middle income families, and yet many still struggle to afford the growing costs of higher education. The value of the scholarship is $19,500 and is renewable for up to four years.

Mission Statement

The Goodnight Scholars Program invests in students from middle-income families in North Carolina studying in the STEM and Education disciplines. This investment represents a commitment to our students’ personal, professional and academic development through scholarship funding, comprehensive programming and enrichment opportunities. The Program empowers Goodnight Scholars to “pay it forward” as transformational leaders at NC State University, in North Carolina and in the world.

Learning Objectives

Every programming initiative of the Goodnight Scholars Program is created with at least one of the following objectives in mind:

  • To develop essential skills and competencies necessary for academic and professional achievement.
  • To encourage commitment and persistence within STEM and STEM Education disciplines.
  • To develop influential and informed advocates for STEM and STEM Education.
  • To inspire active participation in leadership and group collaboration activities with practical application for future academic, social, and professional aspirations.
  • To increase awareness and appreciation of civic responsibilities, social issues, and self in community.
  • To cultivate global awareness and appreciation for the many cultures that comprise our intrinsically connected world.
  • To establish strong personal and professional relationships with fellow Goodnight Scholars, NC State faculty/staff, NC State alumni, and STEM/STEM Education professionals.
About The Goodnights

Dr. Jim Goodnight is founder and CEO of the SAS Institute, the world’s leading business intelligence software vendor. Ann Goodnight, director of community relations at SAS, is a former member of the NC State Board of Trustees. Both are NC State graduates. Their frequent interactions with Goodnight Scholars provide students with unique and invaluable exposure to visionary leaders.