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.
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.
A Perfect Circle
Park Scholar Loujain Al Samara ’22 pursued a broad range of experiences during her four years at NC State, and she graduates this May with a new understanding of what she has learned, how she has grown and what comes next.
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.
Setting the Bar(s) High
Scholarship support helped Lauren Kent '21 excel in the classroom and in competition as a business administration major and four-time All-EAGL Scholastic Team gymnast.
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.
A Healthy Pursuit
With scholarship support, College of Sciences senior Dhuru Patel '21 embraced a range of academic, extracurricular and service opportunities that cemented his decision to pursue a medical career and his determination to give back.
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.
Graduating without Regrets
Being a Park Scholar has given Abby Scheper '20 the opportunities and the confidence to lead and serve while excelling as a philosophy major with three minors.
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.
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.
From Student to CEO
Park Scholar Emily Neville graduates from NC State in December 2019 with a bachelor’s degree – and a growing textiles business that she started as a sophomore.
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.
Engineering a Passion for Service
Asa Augustin '19 graduates this month with an engineering degree — and a commitment to helping others, thanks to extraordinary experiences in the Goodnight Scholars Program.
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.
An Educator Right Where She Needed to Be
Innovative professors and support including the Augustus Witherspoon Graduate Fellowship ensured that the College of Education was the right place for LaTeisha Jeannis, Ph.D. '19 – four times over.
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.
Staying in Rhythm
Goodnight Scholar Carl Jenkins '18 found a home in electrical engineering, while pursuing his passion for percussion.
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.
Aiming High and Serving Well
Goodnight Scholar Dominique Weatherspoon '18 is graduating this week with a degree in mathematics and a lot of extraordinary NC State experiences to remember.
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.
A Platform to Excel
Anu Hanumanthu '17 is preparing to graduate in May and begin medical school, but the aspiring physician will never forget the nurturing and welcoming community she found as an undergraduate at NC State.
Born to Teach
With the support of the Moshakos Family Teacher Education Scholarship, Melissa Goto '17 is graduating with a degree in elementary education.
Serving as a Role Model
The desire to make a difference is part of what makes Jessica Kraus '17, a graduating senior in parks, recreation and tourism management, the perfect fit among NC State University’s Caldwell Fellows.