Empowering more North Carolinians – of every family background and economic situation – to earn a college degree has always been at the heart of our land-grant mission to solve problems and fuel prosperity. We’re proud to be a real-world university of the people.
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But more than 70% of our undergraduates apply for financial aid. Roughly half of our undergrads qualify for need-based aid, under federal guidelines.
Now, with the Extraordinary Opportunity Scholarship Initiative, we’re coming together to narrow those funding gaps. We’re reaffirming our commitment to access and affordability for scholars from across our state. We’re reaffirming our belief in the importance and urgency of investing in the potential of every single North Carolina student, especially those from counties and rural communities that others might leave behind, those who are the first in their families to attend college and those from groups underrepresented in higher education.
We’re keeping our promise of access. We’re making sure doors stay open and there’s room in our Pack.
There is unmet need for our students here on campus. Being able to close that gap and meet those needs would be incredible for supporting our students and would be an unbelievable investment in the university and in the state.
Krista Ringler, associate vice provost for scholarships and financial aid
Learn more about student need at NC State through a Q&A with Krista
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.
Extraordinary Opportunity: Nataly Vazquez Perez
As one of the inaugural recipients of the Extraordinary Opportunity Scholarship, Nataly Vazquez Perez sees a bigger, bolder path from her first year at NC State to a future career as a lawyer.
Handling Any Challenge
Whether forging a path to NC State or handling cobras, zoology major and Park Scholar Carley-Martin MacFarlane '21 doesn’t back down.
Achieving Major Goals
Financial support has allowed first-generation student Thomas Peters to pursue his love for music as drum major for NC State’s marching band and his goal of a career in information technology.
Ready to Put Science to Work
Research and other opportunities at NC State have helped Daniela Fontecha, a double major in physics and chemistry, discover a passion for using science to improve the environment.
A Vision for Doing Good
Layne Baker, a first-generation college student from rural North Carolina and member of the class of 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.
An Opportunity Multiplied
Need-based scholarship support, as well as resources from TRIO and Pack Essentials, helped Indira Gutierrez ’19 develop into a scholar, researcher and advocate dedicated to helping others.
Opportunities Adding Up
Yussef Guerrab hopes to blend interests in math, statistics, education and public policy into a career helping others.
Busy Turning Dreams into Reality
From Europe to Mexico, and plenty of places in between, Toinette Powers is taking advantage of opportunities to lay the foundation for a wide-ranging future.
A ‘Big Red Letter’ Changed Everything
Nutrition science major Dorcas Mabiala’s extraordinary experiences at NC State have included undergraduate research and involvement with the Albright Entrepreneurs Village, University Tutorial Center and TRIO Support Services.
Accounting for Needs
Two-time alumnus Dominick Vaccaro, who is working toward becoming a CPA, is thankful for the leadership opportunities and resources he enjoyed at NC State.