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Extraordinary Opportunity

Cathy and Ron Hairr

Jan 28, 2020

Why I Give: ‘I Want Future Teachers to Have the Same Opportunity’

Cathy and Ron Hairr treasure the education they received at NC State, but paying for school often interfered with time for studying, and they were unable to experience semesters abroad. They have established a gift through their estate that will be shared equally between NC State’s College of Education and College of Engineering to provide need-based scholarships so future teachers and engineers can take full advantage of opportunities at the university. 

Jackie Gonzalez against a backdrop drawing of the belltower

Jan 21, 2020

First in Their Pack

Meet some NC State students who were the first in their families to attend college, and learn about some of the ways the university supports these first-generation students. 

Indira Gutierrez working alongside Mary Haskett and Sarah Wright as well as an additional student researcher

Jan 14, 2020

An Opportunity Multiplied

Need-based scholarship support, as well as resources from TRIO and Pack Essentials, helped Indira Gutierrez ’19 develop into a scholar, researcher and advocate dedicated to helping others. 

Belltower glowing red at night in traffic

Jan 7, 2020

2019 in Review

Take a quick look back at an extraordinary philanthropy milestone and other NC State highlights for 2019. 

Layne Baker leaning against a tree

Dec 17, 2019

A Vision for Doing Good

Layne Baker, a first-generation college student from rural North Carolina graduating in December, used his time at NC State and in the Caldwell Fellows program to show others in a similar situation that college is attainable for them as well. 

fireworks next to the belltower

Nov 12, 2019

Extraordinary Expectations Exceeded

NC State has surpassed its historic Think and Do the Extraordinary Campaign goal of $1.6 billion, but we’re not stopping there — we’re building on our momentum to achieve even bolder transformation. 

Yussef Guerrab

Nov 12, 2019

The Promise of Access

When we give first-generation students and students from low- to middle-income families the opportunity to succeed by removing financial barriers, the results are extraordinary. Just ask a few of our current students and alumni. 

Starr Gibens

Nov 12, 2019

The Potential to Succeed

Through our Think and Do the Extraordinary Campaign, NC State is reaffirming our commitment to access and affordability for scholars from across North Carolina. In this video, current student Starr Gibens, alumnus Wade Moore and Krista Ringler, associate vice provost and director of scholarships and financial aid, discuss the importance of creating extraordinary opportunities at NC State. 

Krista Ringler

Nov 12, 2019

Investing in Students: a Q&A with Krista Ringler

Krista Ringler, associate vice provost and director of scholarships and financial aid at NC State, shares how the Campaign has strengthened the university's ability to meet student need and importance of continuing to invest in opportunity and access. 

Players Retreat exterior

Nov 12, 2019

A Meal and a Night Out

After learning about food insecurity at NC State, Richard “Gus” Gusler, owner of the landmark Players Retreat restaurant near campus, realized he had been food insecure himself as a student. Now, he's donating Players Retreat gift cards so that students facing food insecurity can participate in social activities with fewer burdens.