The Wilson College of Textiles is able to provide financial assistance to students due to the support of the North Carolina Textile Foundation (NCTF). The NCTF was established in December 1942 to aid and promote all types of textile education and research at NC State University in Raleigh, NC.
One of the most important forms of support provided for the Wilson College of Textiles by the foundation is the scholarships. Established by the board of directors in 1980, the program originally had four levels of funding: Centennial Scholars Program, Textile Pioneer Scholars Program, NCTF and NCTF Prestige Scholarships. Transfer scholarships were added in 2018.
Incoming First-Year Scholarship Opportunities
The Centennial Scholarship was introduced by the NCTF in 1999 as a part of the Wilson College of Textiles’ Centennial Celebration. Centennial scholarships provide a minimum of $15,000 per year for four years and $7,500 in enrichment funds to incoming freshmen on the basis of academic achievement in high school, proven and potential leadership qualities, extracurricular activities and unique life experiences.
The following Centennial Scholarships are annually awarded:
- ITT Centennial Scholarship – $95,500 over four years
- $22,000 yearly for four years
- 1 awarded per year
- Kimbrell Centennial Scholarship – $87,500 over four years
- $20,000 yearly for four years
- 1 awarded per year
- Centennial Scholarship – $67,500 over four years
- $15,000 yearly for four years
- Up to 8 per year
All Centennial Scholarship recipients will receive $7,500 in enrichment funds that can be used for study abroad, leadership programs, career and professional development opportunities or other approved enrichment activities.
Up to 10 new scholars awarded yearly with the highest valued at $95,500 over four years
In alignment to fulfill NC State’s land-grant mission and to diversify our student body while maintaining the excellence to continue providing educational innovation, the Textile Pioneer Scholarship was established and the first class began Fall 2020. The Textile Pioneer Scholarship provides funding for students from non-metropolitan North Carolina areas who have an interest in the textile industry.
The Textile Pioneer Scholarship is a need-based scholarship and provides a minimum of $14,000 per year for four years and $4,000 in enrichment funds to incoming freshmen.
To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must complete the Free Application For Federal and Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1.
100+ scholarships per year
The North Carolina Textile Foundation funds more than 125 scholarships each academic year. Of the $1,141,925 that was awarded to Textiles students for the 2020-21 academic year, 73% is funded from the North Carolina Textile Foundation.
The NCTF Distinguished Merit and Prestige scholarships are all named donor scholarships and are awarded to incoming freshmen students. Each award is awarded for four year and can range in value from $2,500 – $5,000 per year.
To be eligible for any incoming first-year scholarship (Centennial, Textile Pioneer, NCTF or Prestige), the candidate must:
- Apply for fall, first-year admission into a baccalaureate program at NC State by the Early Action deadline, November 1.
- Majority of the scholarships awarded are merit-base awards and a select amount of need-based scholarships are available. Applicants must complete the Free Application For Federal and Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1.
At every stage of the selection process, the Scholarship Advisory Board evaluates candidates on the following criteria: academic achievement throughout high school, proven and potential leadership qualities, active participation in extracurricular activities, unique experiences and a passion for the textile industry.
Each academic year, the Wilson College of Textiles will solicit high schools throughout the United States for applicant endorsements. Every high school can endorse candidates for the Textiles Scholarship Program. All endorsements must be submitted between October 1 – December 1.
Any student can self-endorse to apply for the Centennial Scholarship between October 1 – December 1.
There is only one application for all scholarships for incoming first-year students, by being endorsed students are eligible to apply for the Centennial, Textile Pioneer, NCTF Distinguished Merit and Prestige Scholarship.
Learn more about the application process
The Wilson College of Textiles awards 5-6 scholarships each fall to incoming external transfer students ranging from $1,000-$2,500 per academic year. Academic performance at the previous institution(s), engagement outside of the classroom, interest in textiles and Think and Do philosophy are considered in the application review.
Only transfer students who have selected a Wilson College of Textiles major are eligible to receive this scholarship. The scholarship application is open from April 8 - April 30. Click here to apply.
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