Goodnight Scholars Program

More Than a Scholarship

2020/2021
A Year Like No Other

Goodnight Scholars Program Team

I will never forget the grace our staff and student leaders showed as they adapted to ever-changing guidelines and circumstances.

Allison Medlin
Director of the
Goodnight Scholars Program

This year was a year like no other. The pandemic impacted every aspect of our work and personal lives, and we lost a lot, collectively and individually. Our students missed being in class and on campus, and we missed them. There was too much uncertainty and isolation, and too little camaraderie and time spent together.

And yet, it was during this challenging time that our students and staff truly demonstrated their creativity, adaptability, and resilience. I will never forget the grace our staff and student leaders showed as they adapted to ever-changing guidelines and circumstances, particularly when classes moved online and students moved home two weeks into the semester. How our retreat leaders embraced the continuously changing retreat schedules with humor and positivity. How our peer mentors continued to help the new scholars through a first semester marked by upheaval. How our ambassadors continued to build community leading virtual and outdoor activities with aplomb. How our STEM coaches packed and distributed boxes of STEM kits, led virtual workshops, and volunteered as online tutors to help our community partners keep kids engaged. How our staff adapted everything we do to be virtual or socially-distanced, and ensured that our students kept learning, succeeding, and connecting with one another. I have never been so proud, or so grateful, for our community.

As winter turned into spring, several uplifting developments seemed to align with the returning sunshine and warm weather. Vaccines became readily available and pandemic restrictions were eased. We were able to host a beautiful outdoor graduation ceremony for our seniors as well as new senior “send-off” events. We welcomed a new staff member, Anthony, and celebrated staff promotions. And in our biggest development yet, we announced the expansion of our transfer scholars program.

In 2022, our transfer cohorts will double in size from 25 to 50, eventually bringing our total scholar population to 350 per year, and making us the largest comprehensive scholarship program in the state. This expansion will have a transformative impact on our program, our university, and the lives of countless students and their families across North Carolina.

A truly unexpected development at the end of an unprecedented year has given us much to celebrate. We couldn’t be more thrilled, or more thankful.

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