The Wilson College of Textiles is able to provide financial assistance to students due to the support of the North Carolina Textile Foundation (NCTF). 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 has four levels of funding: Centennial Scholars Program, Pioneer Scholars NCTF and NCTF Prestige Scholarships.
Largest per-student college-based scholarship program at NC State
10 new scholars yearly with the highest valued at $95,500 over four years
Incoming Freshmen 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.
2023 Class of Centennial Scholars
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 Pioneer Scholarship was established and the first class will begin Fall 2020. The Pioneer Scholarship provides funding for students from non-metropolitan North Carolina areas who have an interest in the textile industry.
The Pioneer Scholarship provides a minimum of $14,000 per year for four years and $4,000 in enrichment funds to incoming freshmen.
NCTF Distinguished Merit and Prestige Scholarships
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.
100+ scholarships per year
The North Carolina Textile Foundation administers more than 100 scholarships each year. Of the $791,000 that was awarded to Textiles students for the 2017-18 academic year, 94% came from the North Carolina Textile Foundation.
To be eligible for any incoming freshmen scholarship (Centennial, Pioneer, NCTF or Prestige), candidate must:
- Apply for fall, first-year admission into a baccalaureate program at NC State by the Early Action deadline, November 1.
At every stage of the selection process, the Centennial Scholarship committee 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.
High School Endorsement
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 Centennial Scholars Program. All endorsements must be submitted between mid-September and November 1
Endorse a Student!
Any student can self-endorse to apply for the Centennial Scholarship between mid-September and December 1.
Application Deadline: December 1st at 11:59pm (EST)
Application Selection Process
The first stage of the selection process is a thorough review of each candidate’s application. To be considered for the Centennial Scholarship, you must submit all materials – including both the application for admission to NC State and the Centennial Application – by the dates listed above.
The second stage of the selection process is the reading process. All completed applications will be distributed to reading teams, who will submit scores and rankings according to the selection criteria. Applicants are then notified of their status in mid to late December.
The third stage of the selection process is the finalist interview weekend. Finalists will be notified and invited to attend the Centennial Scholars weekend and interview, February 7-8, 2020. The top ranked candidates from the interview process will be offered a Centennial Scholarship. The next highest ranked candidates will be offered the Pioneer, NCTF Distinguished Merit Scholarships and the NCTF Prestige Scholarships following.
There is only one application for all scholarships for incoming freshmen students, by submitting an application for the Centennial Scholarship students have also applied for the Pioneer, NCTF Distinguished Merit and Prestige Scholarships.
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