Goodnight Scholars Program

No one takes this journey alone.


The Word of the Day
is Choice

Goodnight Scholars had 111 developmental programs to choose from in 2019-2020, ranging from STEM Nights to curling at the Triangle Curling Club.

A Passion
for Service

Goodnight Scholars committed 1,102 hours to community service through our partnerships with local nonprofit organizations and schools.

Funding Dreams
One Dollar at a Time

We awarded $106,700 in enrichment grant funds to finance scholars’ study abroad trips, entrepreneurial projects, and summer school programs.

Helping with
the Unexpected

In response to the economic hardship brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, $24,550 of emergency fund requests were fulfilled.

Is It Me You’re Looking For?

40 Triangle industry professionals and Goodnight Scholars alumni served as Goodnight Fellows and provided mentorship for second and third-year Goodnight Scholars.


How did we become more than a scholarship? By offering a range of programming curated for our scholars’ professional and personal growth. These opportunities are the center of the Goodnight Scholars Program experience, connecting scholars not only to the worlds of industry and community service, but to each other.




Real Leadership Dinner

Scholar to Scholar

Goodnight Fellows Dinner

Class of 2024 Finalist Interview Day

The Goodnight Scholars Program, and more importantly the people within it, not only grants the support needed to achieve our dreams, but also the platform to turn back and help the dreams of those in our hometowns, across our state, and even our world, come true.


In 2019, Charles was named a Wallace-Carver Fellow by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.




Shack-a-thon Pie Auction

Duke Lemur Center

Habitat for Humanity Build Day

Service Day at CORRAL

Oak City Cares

Carolina Tiger Rescue

Right from the start of my Goodnight Scholars experience, I have been instilled with an immense amount of support that I am forever grateful for. Due to this support, I found it natural to seek community service opportunities such as participating with LEGO Brick Build and the North Carolina: Mountains to Coast service trip.


Before joining the Wolfpack, Jessica taught over 100 middle school and rising high school students about coding methodology for the Lee County Schools CTE STEM Summer Camp program.




Summer Retreat (Class of 2023 and Transfer Class of 2022)

2019 All Goodnight Meeting

August and September Class Socials

Class of 2020 Social in Downtown Raleigh

Major Madness

Class of 2021 Social: Battleship

Community Social at the Triangle Curling Club

The financial support from the Goodnight Scholarship allows me to invest myself into my schoolwork and extracurriculars instead of worrying about how I am going to pay for my next semester.


In 2020, you will find Elisabeth conducting research at the Turfgrass Pathology Research Center through NC State Extension.


#SummerGoodnights on Instagram

Goodnight Scholars documented their summer 2019 for us in #SummerGoodnights on Instagram. You will never believe the places they went and the people they met!


We make every effort to unlock the world for our Goodnight Scholars. By removing the hefty price tag and creating safe travel programs that encourage exploration and self-sufficiency, we show Goodnight Scholars that their footprint can find its place beyond the borders of North Carolina.

Being a part of the Goodnight Scholars family has provided me a multitude of enriching travel opportunities to learn about and experience different cultures around the world.


In addition to being our travel buddy for Fall Break: Boston and ASB: Trinidad & Tobago, Ty has crossed the Pacific for a study abroad program in Australia and joined community service efforts in Belize.



Fall Break:

The longest running Goodnight Scholars trip! Established in 2014, our Fall Break trip to Boston is well-known in the Goodnight circle as a once-in-a-life time experience where scholars learn about the latest trends in STEM from renowned professionals while dabbling in Boston’s culinary and arts scene.

Eating lobster rolls by the waterfront on a chill New England autumn day after spending the morning talking with data scientists at MIT? Yeah, that is why this trip happens every year.



Fall Break:

New to the Goodnight Scholars travel family is the capital city of Ontario, Toronto! A short flight takes Goodnight Scholars to one of Canada’s most populous and booming cities for their Fall Break.

Stops at the CN Tower and Royal Ontario Museum are complemented by a guided tour of Old Town and a day trip to THE Niagara Falls (rain ponchos required). We did confirm that the option to ride a barrel down Niagara Falls is a myth.



Fostering STEM

We always get elated when Goodnight Scholars propose new travel programs to us.

Fostering STEM Futures is the second trip created by current Goodnight Scholars (see the entry below for the original) and sees Goodnight Scholars teaching science and engineering to North Carolina foster youth.



North Carolina: Mountains to Coast

North Carolina: Mountains to Coast (NCM2C) captures the spirit of our “pay it forward” mantra through a week-long service trip where Goodnight Scholars host STEM workshops for middle school students across our great state.

Coupled with the chance to explore some of North Carolina’s greatest natural landmarks alongside a bunch of your Goodnight pals, it is no wonder that NCM2C remains a huge hit in the Goodnight Scholars community.



Trinidad and

Locations like Caroni Swamp, Arima Valley, and Asa Wright may not resonate with your average North Carolinian, but they mean a lot to us. Those are a few of the locales and organizations we visit during our annual service trip to Trinidad and Tobago.

The southernmost point of the Carribean is the perfect spot for Goodnight Scholars interested in conservation and sustainability who want to get some hands-on experience with restoration projects and classroom instruction. Plus, those Doubles. Oh, those Doubles!

A Message to our Friends

Our ability to offer high-impact learning experiences would not be possible without our community partners. Thank you to the many names and faces who have volunteered their time, energy, and wisdom for the benefit of our scholars.

A Message to our Friends
2019 Goodnight Fellows

Arsheem Allam
CEO, GOLeafe
Shannon Atako ’16
Third Grade Teacher, Wilburn Elementary School
Shaun Berry
Global Product Development Manager, BASF
Jessie Birckhead
Land Acquisition & Grants Manager, NC Wildlife Resources Commission
Kate Bronstein
Research Environmental Engineer, RTI
Jo-Ann Cohen
Professor, Mathematics
David Crouse
Professor & Director of Undergraduate Programs, Crop & Soil Sciences
Beth Cubbage
Senior Manager, Analytical Consulting, SAS Institute
Colleen Doherty
Assistant Professor, Molecular and Structural Biochemistry
Bulent Ender
Gastroenterologist, Wake Gastroenterology and Wake Internal Medicine
Crystal Espey
Director, Teaching Fellows, College of Education
Adam Hartstone-Rose
Associate Professor, Biological Sciences
Jane Hoppin
Associate Professor, Biological Sciences
Aranzazu Lascurain
Program Coordinator, Global Change Forum/SE Climate Science Center
Da Young Lee
Senior Associate Test Engineer, SAS Institute
Jessica Matthews
Research Scholar, Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites
Jim Maxwell
Veterinarian/Owner, Summit Equine Hospital
Katy May
Director, Community Engagement Core, Center for Human Health and the Environment
Casey Molina
System Test Engineer, Intuitive Surgical
Kristen Moody
Medical Science Liaison, SpringWorks Therapeutics
Chika Nwugo
Data Science Project Manager, Modis at Cisco
Sonya Patel-Nguyen
Medical Instructor, Department of Medicine and Department of Pediatrics, Duke University School of Medicine
Brianna Petrone
MD/PhD Student, Duke University
Makita Phillips
Postdoctoral Fellow, Carbice Corporation
Martin Presler-Marshall
Principal, Technical Staff, Salesforce
Karl Schuchard
Doctoral Student, Industrial Engineering
Beth Schulz-Butulis
Dermatologist, Midtown Dermatology
Sean Smolenyak
Optometrist, Kelly Eye Center
Sid Thakur
Director, Global Health, College of Veterinary Medicine
Emmanuel Thompson
Senior User Experience Designer, SAS Institute
Wendy Toh
Vice President, IBM Watson & Cloud Platform
Alice Toms
PhD Student, Bioinformatics
Nick Trainor
Vice President, R&D, LMG Holdings, Inc.
Jenny Tyler ’13
Biology Teacher, Broughton High School
Fijoy Vadakkumpadan
Senior Staff Scientist, SAS Institute
Anna Walters
High School Math Teacher, Grace Christian School
Sawyer Walters ’15
Engineer, KCI Technologies, Inc
Randy Woodson
Chancellor, NC State University
Brett Wujek
Principal Data Scientist, SAS Institute
Marco Zarate
President and Co-Founder, NC Society of Hispanic Professionals

2019-2020 Advisory Committee

Javon Adams
Coordinator, Transfer Academic Advising, College of Engineering
Tremaine Brittian
Director, Advising, College of Education
Jennifer Capps 
Director, Student Learning & Faculty Development, NC State Entrepreneurship
Jo-Ann Cohen
Professor, Mathematics, College of Sciences
Melanie Cruz
Transfer Student Coordinator, Division of Academic & Student Affairs
Carlos Goller
Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences, College of Sciences
Leah Goodnight
Director, Marketing, The Umstead Hotel & Spa
Delisha Hinton
Associate Director, Student and Career Services, College of Textiles
Sara Lane
Director, Career Services, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Jane Lubischer
Director of Undergraduate Programs, Biological Sciences, College of Sciences
Joyce Mai
Director of Recruitment, Undergraduate Admissions, Enrollment Management & Services
Tiffany McLean
Director of Recruitment & Student Engagement, College of Natural Resources
Jared Peterson
Manager, Software Development, SAS Institute
Richard Spontak
Professor, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, College of Engineering
Christina Walker
Executive Director and Chief of Staff, University Advancement
Braska Williams
Coordinator, NC-MSEN, The Friday Institute

2019-2020 Programming Guests

Dr. Stafford
Vice Chancellor Emeritus, NC State University
Erin Albert
Doctoral Psychology Intern, NC State Counseling Center
Robin Anderson
Assistant Professor, NC State Department of Mathematics Education
Shannon Atako ’16
Third Grade Teacher, Wilburn Elementary School
Veronica Augustyn
Associate Professor, NC State Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Laura Boyd 
Assistant Director and CARES Coordinator, NC State Prevention Services
Kate Bronstein
Research Environmental Engineer, RTI
Jackie Bruce
Associate Professor, AEE Director of Graduate Programs, NC State University
Christy Byrd
Assistant Professor, NC State Department of Teacher Education and Learning Sciences
Aranya Chakrabortty
Professor, NC State Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Daxton Chapman ’17
Analytical Development Scientist, Pfizer
Caren Cooper
Associate Professor, NC State Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources
Glenda Darrell
Career Counselor, NC State College of Engineering
Nicole Ditillo
Program Director, NC State College Advising Corps
Sarah Egan
Head of Technical Communication, Institute for Advanced Analytics, NC State University
Blake Fleming
Lead Organizer, Sierra Club
Maria Gallardo-Williams
Teaching Professor, Director of Organic Chemistry Labs
Fernando Garcia Menendez
Assistant Professor, NC State Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering
Mathew Gerard
Professor, NC State College of Veterinary Medicine
Anna Godwin
Research Data Scientist, Center for Data Science, RTI
Joshua Gray
Assistant Professor, Center for Geospatial Analytics, Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources
Tayyab Hussain ’16
Director of Data Integrations, Global Data Consortium
Randy L. Jirtle
Professor of Epigenetics, NC State College of Sciences
Jennifer Kuzma
Professor, NC State College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Travis Park
Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Programs, NC State
John Robinson-Miller IV
Program Coordinator, African American Cultural Center, Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity
Andrew Rotz
Director of Personal Finance and Financial Literacy, NC State CVM
Liz Rutledge
Professor, NC State College of Natural Resources
Arvind Krishna Saibaba
Assistant Professor, NC State Department of Mathematics
Anna Stepanova
Associate Professor, NC State Department of Plant and Microbial Biology
Kathryn Stolee
Associate Professor, NC State Department of Computer Science
Kim Thornton
Post-Master’s Fellow, NC State Counseling Center
Laura Widman
Professor, NC State Department of Psychology
Brett Wujek
Principal Data Scientist, SAS Institute

Community Partners

ARC Program
Brentwood Boys and Girls Club
CAM Raleigh
Carolina Tiger Rescue
Communities in Schools
Fox Road ES
Habitat for Humanity
Haven House
National Weather Service Raleigh
Northwoods ES
Oak City Cares
Poe Road ES
Raleigh Boys Club
Raleigh Girls Club
SAS Institute
The Duke Lemur Center
White Oak ES

NCM2C Partners

Cindy Olson
7th Grade Teacher, Chowan Middle School
John Lassiter
Principal, Hertford Grammar School
Sharon Breeden
Principal, Red Springs Middle School
Annie McEntyre
7th Grade Teacher, East McDowell Middle School

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Goodnight Scholars

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Campus Box 7529
Raleigh, NC 27695-7529
Phone: 919.515.7485

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