Each semester, NC State graduates an extraordinary group of people who will make a difference across North Carolina — and beyond. Our donors help ensure that these students have the experiences and opportunities vital to becoming career-ready citizens and lifelong learners.
From study abroad to working in a lab, and from excelling in service to representing the university at conferences, our graduating seniors have done it all.
Learn more about how private support over the past several years has helped prepare students to leave NC State ready to lead in their work, in the community and in life.
Starr Gibens is an expert at putting thought into action. The first-generation college graduate came to NC State with a list of what she wanted to accomplish, and she has done so much more as a leader, community member, scholarship recipient and advocate for her fellow students.
Weaving a Bright Future
Private support enabled Lara Rabinowitz ’22 to study on campus and abroad during her time at NC State, all while combining seemingly different majors in seamless ways. Now she’s taking her (very) unique skillset out West for an exciting new career opportunity.
Leaving a Legacy
Dylan Inman ’22 is off to Indianapolis to work for his fraternity, Theta Chi, as a growth specialist. But as an enthusiastic member of the Wolfpack, Inman says his long-term goal is to find a road that leads back to NC State.
Ambassador for Optimism
During his four years at NC State, Goodnight Scholar Vitus Putra '22 not only challenged himself academically but also helped others through service and enriched the lives of those around him with his upbeat, positive outlook.
The Gift That Keeps On Giving
Giovanny Hernandez was inspired to teach by his time spent tutoring friends in high school. Now, with the help of a special scholarship, this College of Education standout is preparing to graduate in May 2021 and become a full-time educator.
Home Is Where the Pack Is
Though Sydney Floryanzia ’21 originally wondered if NC State was too close to home, she found numerous opportunities to grow and expand her horizons as a chemical engineering major, thanks to private support.
Through the Darkness to Shine a Light
To become the first in her family to earn a degree, Esmira Poladova persevered through tragedy and challenges and, as an NC State senior, class of 2020, even became an advocate for other underresourced students.
Goodnight Scholar Alex Rojas ’20 is applying skills developed in the scholarship program to an internship at BioMedomics, where he leads a team assembling and shipping out boxes of rapid COVID-19 tests.
Commissioned for Success
Receiving the Textile Military Scholarship didn't just enhance Garrett Welsh's NC State experience – it served as a vote of a confidence in his abilities and confirmation that his work in the classroom and as a member of the Naval ROTC hadn't gone unnoticed. After May 2020 graduation, he planned to applies the skills he learned to a career in the Navy.
Surrounded by Support at the CVM
Amanda Maxwell '20 chose to attend the College of Veterinary Medicine not just for its reputation, but for its equally strong community. With support from faculty, classmates and donors, she is ready for the next step in her career as a laboratory animal veterinarian.
An Extraordinary Pathway to Success
Goodnight Scholars Christian Williams and Oscar Molina are heading in different directions after May 2020 graduation: vet school at the College of Veterinary Medicine and a role at Deutsche Bank. Both of these next steps were made possible through the Goodnight Scholars Program’s transfer pathway, created in 2017.
Getting Ready for the Real World
Internships and other opportunities at NC State are helping Park Scholar and computer science major Jasmine Wang '19 shape a path toward project management.
A Vision for Doing Good
Layne Baker, a first-generation college student from rural North Carolina graduating in December 2019, used his time at NC State and in the Caldwell Fellows program to show others in a similar situation that college is attainable for them as well.
A Passion for Producing Beneficial Reactions
NC State alumna Natalie Sherwood '19 makes a connection between her love for theater and her love of polymer and color chemistry – with a little boost from philanthropy.
A Shared Path to Success
Study abroad, hands-on projects at the College of Natural Resources, scholarship support and friendship have helped prepare Cashie Naylor '19 and Emily Fletcher '19 for their next steps.
A Chemical Chain Reaction
Scholarship support gave senior chemistry major Kaylie Kirkwood '19 more time to work in the lab of David Muddiman, which has led to professional opportunities and her next adventure: pursuing a Ph.D. at NC State.
A Dream Taking Flight
Tyler Haritan '19 says scholarship support helped him navigate NC State’s Naval ROTC program and set him up for success as he chases his dream of becoming a fighter pilot.
Achieving Sustainable Success
In the College of Natural Resources, graduating senior Mary Paz Alvarez Valverde '19 discovered a passion for understanding “trash” and its significance in today’s world.
A Spirit of Adventure
Being a Shelton National Scholar and Centennial Scholar helped Samantha Casey '18 broaden her horizons, embrace her opportunities and develop her leadership abilities.
Designing a Strong Future
The Eduardo J. Catalano Scholarship helped Joshua Putnam '18 achieve his longtime dream of becoming an architect.
A Diplomatic Life
A study abroad experience, supported by a scholarship, helped shape Kensley Cox '18’s post-NC State plans to work in human resources.
Deirdre An '18, who soon begins work in California as a viticulturist, found a family and a focus as a Park Scholar at NC State.
A CVM Road Scholar
Private support allowed Olivia Myers, DVM '18 to explore swine health from many angles and earn her degree from NC State’s College of Veterinary Medicine.
Thanks in part to receiving Poole College of Management’s John Deere Marketing Award scholarship and to being a student-athlete, Joshua Gandy '17 recalibrated his road ahead through extraordinary leadership and service opportunities.
Born to Teach
With the support of the Moshakos Family Teacher Education Scholarship, Melissa Goto '17 is graduating with a degree in elementary education.