Goodnight Scholars Program
The People That Make Us Who We Are
Academic Year 2020/2021
The Goodnight Scholarship Program prides itself on having a diverse array of students from multiple identity backgrounds and interests. It is these differences that make our community so vibrant and strong.
College of Engineering (COE) – 50%
College of Sciences (COS) – 19%
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) – 14%
College of Education (CED) – 8.37%
College of Natural Resources (COE) / Environmental Sciences (ES) – 6.84%
College of Textiles (TXT) – 2%
Other – 1.52%
Native American – 1.90%
Hispanic – 8.37%
Asian – 9.13%
Multiracial – 13.69%
African American – 15.69%
White – 49.81%
Urban – 36.50%
Suburban – 17.49%
Rural – 46.01%
Academic Year 2020/2021
Year in Stories
The Class of 2021 enters the professional world ready and well equipped to tackle the challenges of tomorrow, today. Their impact on the program will be felt for years to come. We are thrilled to welcome them into our Goodnight Alumni network.
A huge highlight from this academic year was being a mentor first semester. I loved getting to connect with the incoming cohort and help guide them through their transition to college, even if it was during the pandemic. I met many of the younger students during the Goodnight Explorers challenges and it was a great way to broaden my community and stay involved despite the pandemic.
SARAH HALL ‘22
Graduating Class of 2021
Goodnight Graduation Ceremony Photos
Post Grad Plans
Distinguished Goodnight Award Recipients for 2021 Announced:
Seniors Christian Kennedy ‘T21 and LouLou Batta ’21
Carmen Bollman ’21
Devin Wyatt ’21
“Being a Goodnight Scholar is incredibly humbling. Each of us had to overcome generational obstacles to get to where we are. Some of us are first-generation college students, others are immigrants or have parents who are immigrants, others had to work all throughout high school just to make ends meet.” – Devin Wyatt ’21, Engineering
This year has caused me to reflect a lot on what I am grateful for and I have grown to understand how much of a privilege it is to be a part of the Goodnight Scholars Program and to attend NC State University. Although I did not get as many experiences as I would have liked this past year, I am proud of myself for staying active in my activities and searching for new experiences during such a hard time. I am very excited to be more active in the Goodnight Scholars community next year.
CINDY LIU ‘23
Meet the Traditional Cohorts
The future of STEM is bright and these are the students who are illuminating the path. They bring curiosity, determination, and humility to the Wolfpack.
As a goodnight scholar I have grown tremendously in my leadership and service. I was also able to find my passion and make the difficult decision of switching my major to Biology to pursue medicine.
MADISON DARLEY ‘23
Biological Sciences with a Concentration in Human Biology
Goodnight Scholars Martia & Breeyonna Williams
Returning to Poe Hall
Kay Sumpter ’22
Goodbye Stress, Hello Wellness
Nadia Chapple ’24
Fisheries, Wildlife, Conservation Biology and Courtney Smith ’22
“I will always remember these early research experiences because they truly introduced me to the world of science. I’ve been able to experience the scientific process firsthand, and I know that these experiences have been critical to my decision to enter graduate school and ultimately a research career.” – Courtney Smith ’22, Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology
Even though this year was extremely difficult to start college with, I greatly appreciate having the Goodnight Scholars Program as a support system and various events serving as a break from the stress of this school year. I can’t wait to become more involved this upcoming year and have the actual college experience!
BREEYONNA WILLIAMS ‘24
Meet the Transfer Cohorts
One of the best decisions our community has made is opening our doors to transfer students from North Carolina community colleges. The breadth of inspiring life experiences and wisdom they bring to our community cannot be overstated.
How To Stay Motivated
Breanne Aiken ‘T22
What keeps you going through school? For a lot of us, it’s the hope of a good-paying job, or the opportunity to do what we are interested in and passionate about professionally. But, those two reasons might not always be enough to keep you motivated. Sometimes things get hard and we can lose our motivation.
A Tale of
Luis Jimenez T’21
Justin May ‘T21,
“Being a non-traditional student, it was a very big step for me to return to school after so many years. Just being accepted into College of Engineering at NC State was a huge accomplishment for me. On top of that, I never imagined I could be a part of something like the Goodnight Scholars Program. “
Brandan Shur ‘T23,
“As a first year scholar and NC State student, it was most definitely challenging. From COVID-19 making it hard to meet professionals and fellow students, to learning online and making myself stand out. However, I made it my sole goal to stand out as much as I can and put in 5x the effort. Through this I drove over 5 hours weekly to meet fellow Goodnight Scholars, meet professors, and make connections. I did not want to be another name on an online attendance sheet, so I tried hard and long. Through this, I was offered a position in undergraduate research and potential assistantships in very prestigious programs at NCSU. I would not change anything about my first year here and I am grateful for all the GSP support. All I wish is to travel more since I want to see what the world of horticulture has to offer, so with only two years left as a Goodnight Scholar, I have big plans to make connections and travel!”
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