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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Staying in Rhythm
Goodnight Scholar Carl Jenkins '18 found a home in electrical engineering, while pursuing his passion for percussion.
Designing a Strong Future
The Eduardo J. Catalano Scholarship helped Joshua Putnam '18 achieve his longtime dream of becoming an architect.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Call of the Wild
Private support in the form of scholarships and awards helped Sam Freeze '16 turn his passion for wildlife into a career.