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Extraordinary Opportunity Scholarship Initiative

Cassidy Colson outside

Oct 27, 2023

Coming Full Circle

Cassidy Colson ’17 is a proud NC State alum, employee and donor. Coming from a small town in North Carolina, she relied on scholarship support to make her dreams of a college education come true. Now, she’s giving forward. 

The Memorial Belltower and flowers

Aug 22, 2023

On the Path to Success

No matter what area — or areas — of NC State you support, your generosity makes a big difference throughout our campus. Our students graduate into successful careers, our faculty drive game-changing research and our programs build valuable connections, expanding our reach and your impact far beyond Raleigh. This past academic year, 36,159 donors joined us on a path to a bolder, brighter future. Learn more about how donor support is powering the extraordinary in a new school year. 

Kathy Harris Cooper, Phyllis Brown Harris and Kacey Cooper on the Court of the Carolinas in front of the 1911 Building

Feb 14, 2023

A New Chapter in a Family Story

Kacey Cooper ’23 grew up hearing stories of NC State from family members who worked at the university. With support from the Nell Family Extraordinary Opportunity Scholarship, she’s continuing their legacy as a first-generation college graduate. 

Brady Farlow

Feb 14, 2023

Finding Opportunities for Growth

Brady Farlow knows about the importance of scholarships — financial assistance has connected the second-year horticulture and Spanish student to study abroad, a passion for his future career, and close-knit communities at NC State that welcomed him with open arms. 

Bailey Pollard piloting a plane.

Jan 3, 2023

Ready to Fly High as an Alumna

Bailey Pollard entered a whole new world as a first-generation college student in NC State’s Poole College of Management. This private pilot has taken full advantage of her Extraordinary Opportunity Scholarship and set herself up to reach lofty future goals. 

Victoria Moore poses in front of the WellRec Center while wearing a face covering

Apr 19, 2021

Extraordinary Opportunity: Victoria Moore

Growing up in Raleigh as the child of an alumna meant Victoria Moore ’22 always had her eye on attending NC State, but it was Prague, Czech Republic, that actually brought her to the Pack. 

Rome Williams

Mar 22, 2021

Extraordinary Opportunity: Rome Williams

NC State defensive tackle Rome Williams is the recipient of a new type of financial aid that allows him to play for the Pack while preparing for life after football. The only thing more impactful than this student-athlete is his scholarship. 

Nataly Vaquez Perez sits on the steps of an NC State building

Mar 22, 2021

Extraordinary Opportunity: Nataly Vazquez Perez

As one of the inaugural recipients of the Extraordinary Opportunity Scholarship, Nataly Vazquez Perez sees a bigger, bolder path from her first year at NC State to a future career as a lawyer. 

portrait of Rachel Cherry

Mar 15, 2021

Extraordinary Opportunity: Rachel Cherry

After receiving the Extraordinary Opportunity Scholarship, Rachel Cherry ’22 found the freedom to explore a new major and an exciting new job opportunity — most importantly, the support gave her the motivation to work harder with confidence in her future. 

Will Gibson

Mar 15, 2021

Extraordinary Opportunity: Will Gibson

A new type of scholarship enabled Will Gibson to become the latest member of his family to join the Pack. Thanks to NC State’s numerous learning possibilities, the sky is the limit on where he goes from here.