JCC students are three of 15 selected.
Two Johnston Community College engineering students and one engineering graduate are Goodnight Transfer Scholars at N.C. State University.
Jose Jimenez Jr. of Clayton, a JCC engineering graduate, and Aaron Pridgen of Kenly, and Britanya Wright of Clayton, second-year enginering students, are three of the 15 students chosen for the program’s Transfer Class of 2021.
“I am beyond grateful for this amazing opportunity to be able to study at North Carolina State University as a Goodnight Scholar,” Wright said. “I have been watching the Goodnight Scholars program for nearly two years in high hopes that someday I will get the wonderful opportunity. It almost seems unreal that all my hard work and determination for success has paid off so greatly.
“I will forever be thankful to JCC for being my first stepping stone towards success,” she added. Throughout the course of the Goodnight process, JCC offered interview seminars, essay writing workshops, and mock interviews. JCC helped me feel more than ready each step of the way. Now I am stepping into N.C .State University with determination, excitement, and perseverance.”
The Goodnight Scholars Program was established in 2008 out of the philanthropic generosity from North Carolina natives and NC State alumni Dr. Jim Goodnight, co-founder of global business analytic software leader, SAS Institute, and Mrs. Ann Goodnight, director of community relations at SAS Institute.
The Goodnight Scholars Program targets North Carolina residents from low- and middle-income families who aspire to study in a science, technology, engineering, mathematics or STEM education discipline at NC State. The value of the scholarship is $20,000 and is renewable for up to four years for first-year students ($80,000 total), and three years for transfer students ($60,000 total). In addition to the scholarship, Goodnight Scholars have access to an assortment of developmental programming focused on their professional and personal growth.
In 2017, two JCC engineering students -- Emma Hall and Michael Cavenaugh -- were also chosen Goodnight Transfer Scholars.
Cut line: Aaron Pridgen and Britanya Wright are members of the Goodnight Scholars Program Transfer Class of 2021 at N.C. State University.