Goodnight Scholars Program

An investment into the future of North Carolina.

More Than a Scholarship

The history of the Goodnight Scholars Program goes back to 2008 when a generous gift from NC State alumni Dr. Jim and Mrs. Ann Goodnight funded the college education of 25 exceptional North Carolina high school students who dreamed of studying STEM and education as members of the Wolfpack.

Today, we are recognized as a comprehensive student development program focused on the academic, professional, and personal success of over 255 scholars each year. We have outgrown the label of being “just a scholarship” thanks to the dedication and vision of our founders, professional staff, and scholars — all of whom worked tirelessly to create a diverse, welcoming community whose affinity for STEM is second only to its love for North Carolina.

2019/2020
A Tale of Two Semesters

In a year that defied expectations and challenged us in countless ways, we were reminded yet again how much there is to be thankful for.

Allison Medlin
Director of the
Goodnight Scholars Program

The story of the past academic year feels like two distinct stories: what happened before coronavirus and what happened after.

Before coronavirus, our community enjoyed a “typical” academic year. We welcomed 70 new scholars in the fall with a new and improved summer retreat, All Goodnight Meeting, and first year seminar. We traveled to Savannah for our first senior retreat that included both traditional and transfer cohorts. We continued to expand our programming with a new fall break trip to Toronto and service trip serving foster youth in Eastern North Carolina. February came to a close with our 6th annual Finalist Interview Day and a fantastic alumni reunion dinner. We felt assured that we would close out another year, as we always have, with minimal issues and plenty of gratitude.

Then March arrived. Like everyone across the country, our community experienced a world that abruptly shut down. As NC State closed and our staff and students moved to remote work, we had to quickly adapt. Advising, interviews, and meetings moved to Zoom. In-person events were replaced with new virtual programming, and a virtual Goodnight Lounge replaced the physical one in Peele Hall. Our annual Goodnight Graduation Gala made way for a specially-designed, multimedia celebration of our graduates. We came to appreciate more than ever the value of the simplest activities — catching up with a student in the Lounge, running into a colleague on campus, or hugging a graduate as they crossed the stage at Gala.

I have long felt that one of the great privileges in my life has been to work with this community, and never has that been more true in 2020. Due to the outstanding generosity of Jim and Ann Goodnight, we were able to meet our students’ emergency funding needs that arose during the pandemic. I am immensely proud of the creative and tireless efforts of our professional staff. And I am amazed by the resilience and graciousness demonstrated by our scholars, particularly the graduating class of 2020 and transfer class of 2019.

In a year that defied expectations and challenged us in countless ways, we were reminded yet again how much there is to be thankful for.

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UNIVERSITY

Goodnight Scholars
Program

203 Peele Hall
Campus Box 7529
Raleigh, NC 27695-7529
Phone: 919.515.7485

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