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Transformational Scholarships Program Announces Inaugural Cohort of Scholars

Four Transformational Scholars complete an ice breaker at new student orientation.

Sixteen students from across Eastern North Carolina have been selected to join the inaugural cohort of the NC State College of Education’s Transformational Scholarships Program

The Transformational Scholarships Program provides scholarships totaling $40,000 over four years to promising high school students from Eastern North Carolina who will return to the region to teach after graduating from NC State College of Education. The program was made possible due to a generous charitable grant from the Anonymous Trust.

The inaugural class of Transformational Scholars represent 10 different eastern North Carolina counties and comprise eight elementary education majors, five mathematics education majors, two science education majors and one middle grades language arts and social studies major.

The incoming undergraduate students all demonstrated excellence during their high school careers. The cohort is made up of club presidents, student government representatives, varsity athletes and volunteers dedicated to making their communities a better place.

“The inaugural cohort of the Transformational Scholarships Program represents the heart of eastern North Carolina,” said Trisha Mackey, the director of the Transformational Scholars Program. “Members of this cohort come to NC State with leadership skills, a demonstrated commitment to their communities, and a desire to become the next teacher leaders in the region. I am excited to see the tremendous impact they will have on our college, campus and cohort.”

Scholars receive $10,000 per year in scholarship support for up to four years, in addition to funds that support professional development such as study abroad and conference participation. They will engage in field experiences, summer work, student teaching and other activities that equip them to return to Eastern North Carolina to work as teachers after completing their undergraduate degree

They will also receive direct mentoring from College of Education faculty and education leaders living and working in eastern North Carolina, including graduates of NC State’s Leadership Academies (NELA) and develop lifelong relationships within the other members in their cohort. 

Click here to view the Transformational Scholars’ bios.