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Extraordinary Difference: Bria Cofield Wright

Bria Cofield Wright smiling in a pleasant shade of sunlight.

On Dec. 31, 2021, NC State’s five-year Think and Do the Extraordinary Campaign came to an incredibly successful close. Alumni, friends, employees and more helped propel the university well past its goal of $1.6 billion for a grand total of $2,103,932,120. These new funds will help drive NC State’s land-grant mission of creating economic, societal and intellectual prosperity for all, by both reaffirming its commitment to broad educational opportunity and powering its cutting-edge, hands-on innovation as North Carolina’s leading science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) university.

Third-generation educator Bria Cofield Wright ’16 ’19 is one of the many Pack members who have been benefited by this historic fundraising effort. Bria, a fifth-grade English language arts and social studies teacher at Hortons Creek Elementary School in Cary, is able to continue her family’s proud academic tradition thanks in part to funding from the Think and Do the Extraordinary Campaign. The scholarship and fellowship recipient is now positioned for an even brighter future through support from her Pack, with her students also benefiting as a result.

She also gave back to her alma mater as part of the campaign, citing her desire to help others succeed in the College of Education.

“I want to make sure that the best possible teachers are in front of every single child,” Bria said. “NC State University produces some of the best teachers. I want to make sure the university continues to do that.”

To read more stories of campaign success, visit our Think and Do the Extraordinary page.