4 Incoming Education Students Named Goodnight Scholars

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RALEIGH, North Carolina – Four incoming students in the NC State College of Education will be part of the Goodnight Scholars Program’s Class of 2021:

Established in 2008 by NC State alumni Jim and Ann Goodnight, the Goodnight Scholars Program provides North Carolina residents from low- and middle-income families interested in the study of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) or STEM education with a scholarship valued at $19,500. The scholarships are renewable for up to four years for first-year students and up to two years for transfer students.

Short bios of the four incoming College of Education students named Goodnight Scholars follow. The list of all 50 incoming NC State students selected for Goodnight Scholars Program’s Class of 2021 can be found on the program’s website.


Kayla Ashburn
Kayla Ashburn will graduate salutatorian from Providence Grove High School where she was president of the Beta Club and a junior marshal. Kayla’s community outreach efforts included volunteering with Clapp’s Nursing Center and Liberty Parks and Recreation while also working a part-time job. She plans to major in mathematics education.


Mackenzie BrownMackenzie Brown will graduate from Walter Hines Page High School where she was inducted into the National Honor Society and received the Aniya Gemmill IB Award of Excellence. Mackenzie serves as a volunteer tutor for Monticello-Brown Summit Elementary School and participates in a variety of community outreach ranging from coaching assistant for Northeast Middle School’s softball team to interning with a speech therapist at a local pediatric speech therapy practice. She plans to major in elementary education.


Abigail EarpAbigail Earp will graduate from Hibriten High School where she has maintained a GPA above 4.0 for the past three consecutive years. Abigail served as vice president of the Health Occupation Students of America Club where she planned two local blood drives. She has also interned at the Yadkin Baptist Church and organized a youth mission trip to Brunswick, Georgia. She plans to major in mathematics education.


Hannah EhmannHannah Ehmann will graduate from Jacksonville High School where she was team captain for the Varsity Cross Country team. Her academic achievement was recognized by the National Honor Society and Science National Honor Society. In 2016, Hannah was named a junior marshal at her high school. Over the last year, Hannah has served as an AVID student tutor. She plans to major in science education.


Adapted from The Goodnight Scholars Program Announces Class of 2021