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Starr Gibens

Our Promise of Access

Imagine a bold, confident Wolfpack filled with students of every background, preparing for success without financial worry. Imagine a state where talent is never wasted and possibility never feels out of reach.

With the Extraordinary Opportunity Scholarship Initiative, this vision can become reality.

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Empowering more North Carolinians – of every family background and economic situation – with the opportunity to earn a college degree has always been at the heart of our land-grant mission to solve problems and fuel prosperity.

While we are recognized for our affordability, the average annual need per student is $16,000, and a student cannot hope to cover this cost through summer jobs or by working during the school year.  More than 70% of undergraduates apply for financial aid each year, and more than 50% of undergraduates qualify for need-based aid based on federal guidelines.

With the Extraordinary Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (EOSI), we’re coming together to make sure that every accepted student can make the most out of their chance to join the Pack – because when we give first-generation students and students from low- to middle-income families the opportunity to succeed by removing financial barriers, the results are extraordinary.

140+ students

have received EOSI scholarships since the spring 2021 semester.

Why EOSI?

  • More than 70% of our undergraduates apply for financial aid.
  • Approximately 50% of our undergraduates qualify for some form of need-based aid, based on federal guidelines.
  • The average cost of attendance at NC State is $24,500. Although we are recognized for our affordability, a student cannot hope to cover this cost through summer jobs or by working during the school year.
  • We lose promising scholars because we currently cannot meet 100% of need.
  • With a combination of endowed and current-use gifts, EOSI is closing the gap in real-time — and ensuring we can continue to provide for our students for years to come.

Opening Doors, Fulfilling Dreams

Meet some of our inaugural EOSI recipients and learn more about how need-based scholarships make an immediate and direct impact.