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 three components: Centennial Scholars Program, 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.
Meet the 2018 class of scholars
NCTF Distinguished Merit Scholarship
A four-year scholarship with a $5,000 annual award for four years.
A four-year scholarship with a $4,000 – $10,000 annual award for four years.
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.
These awards are based on the merit qualifications of the scholar who demonstrate high academic achievement throughout high school, proven and potential leadership qualities, active participation in extracurricular activities, unique experiences and a passion for the textile industry.
To be eligible for any incoming freshmen scholarships (Centennial, NCTF or Prestige), candidate must:
- Apply for fall, first-year admission into a baccalaureate program at NC State by the Early Action deadline, October 15.
At every stage of the selection process, the Centennial Scholarship selection committees evaluate 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 15.
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 ratings according to the selection criteria. Applicants are then notified of their status in mid-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, typically in late January. The top ranked candidates from the interview process will be offered Centennial Scholarships. The next highest ranked candidates will be offered the 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 NCTF Distinguished Merit and Prestige Scholarships.
Additional Scholarship and Financial Aid Information