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Centennial Scholarship Program 

The Program

Introduced by the North Carolina Textile Foundation in 1999 as a part of the College of Textiles' Centennial Celebration, Centennial Scholarships carry the greatest value among all scholarships at the College of Textiles. Furthermore, the Centennial Scholarship is among the highest valued scholarships offered at North Carolina State University.

Approximately ten $47,500 Centennial Scholarships will be awarded to the top applicants, and selection will be based upon demonstrated high academic achievement throughout high school with proven and potential leadership qualities, extracurricular activities and unique life experiences. Students must be nominated by his/her high school or home school for this award, or self-nominate between October 1st and the end of November.

This scholarship covers approximately 55% of expenses to attend NC State, and on-campus housing (or a stipend for an equal amount) and a meal plan (or predetermined allowance), with any remaining funds to be used as a stipend for books and travel expenses (for up to eight semesters). In addition, each Centennial Scholar will have access to a $7,500 enrichment fund that will allow him/her to participate in a variety of leadership, language immersion and international studies programs, attend international textile shows and benefit from other approved textile enrichment opportunities.

ITT Centennial Scholarship

Thanks to the generosity of the Institute of Textile Technology (ITT), the College of Textiles is now offering one full Centennial Scholarship* each year.

The Institute of Textile Technology continues to provide its "tradition of excellence" to the textile industry through its alliance with the College of Textiles and the NC Textile Foundation by funding the ITT Centennial Scholarship. The Institute's Mission is to provide leaders for the textile industry through education; therefore helping the textile industry meet today's challenges and to remain competitive. The Institute continues to serve the role originally assigned by its founding members by offering the ITT Centennial Scholarship to students majoring in Textiles at NCSU.

Following the interview process for the normal Centennial Scholarship program, one candidate out of the top ten highest ranked applicants will be chosen to receive the ITT Centennial Scholarship. The value of this scholarship is $20,000 per year (in-state or out-of-state), plus the additional $7,500 in enrichment funds available to all Centennial Scholars, bringing the total value of the ITT Centennial Scholarship to $87,500 over four years. To be considered, students need only apply for the Centennial Scholarship through the normal process.

*Full for in-state students

The Process

Each academic year, the College of Textiles will solicit every North Carolina high school, and selected out-of-state high schools for applicant nominations. Every high school and home school can nominate up to two candidates for the Centennial Scholars Program . All high school nominations are due to the College of Textiles by November 1st. Full instructions will be emailed to every nominee. Between October 1st and December 1st*, any student, not already nominated, who feels he/she meets or exceeds the selection criteria may nominate themselves by writing or e-mailing the College of Textiles to request access to the online application. Telephone calls will not constitute a self-nomination. There is no limit to the number of self-nominees coming from any one high school or home school. Self nominees should email Kent_Hester@ncsu.edu for more information.

All complete Centennial Scholarship applications should be submitted online(or by hard copy) to the College of Textiles by 5:00 p.m. EST on December 1st*.

Following an exhaustive selection process, finalists will be notified and invited to attend the Centennial Scholars weekend and interviews (typically in late January). The top ranked candidates from the interview process will be offered Centennial Scholarships . The next highest ranked candidates will be offered NCTF Scholarships, and the next, NCTF Prestige Scholarships.

*When December 1st falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the deadline for Centennial Scholarship Applications will be 5:00 p.m. EST on the Monday following December 1st.

2013-2014 Centennial Scholars

Brooke Elizabeth Anderson

Brooke Elizabeth Anderson

Brooke Elizabeth Anderson - from Denver, NC graduated from North Lincoln High School as valedictorian. She held leadership positions in the Student Government Association as class treasurer and student-body vice president. Furthermore, she is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Anchor Club, Beta Club, and National Honors Society. Brooke has also participated in many community service activities such as Toys for Tots, blood drives, food drives, and the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. She was captain of the varsity soccer team and also ran cross country. She was elected homecoming queen and is a member of her church youth group. Brooke plans to pursue a degree in Textile Engineering.

Jayce Rae Arnette

Jayce Rae Arnette

Jayce Rae Arnette - from Franklin, TN graduated from Ravenwood High School. Jayce’s academic dedication earned her straight A’s throughout high school. She has held a leadership position in the United Way Youth Advisory Council and was granted an award of excellence in the group. Jayce also held leadership positions in Youth Leadership Franklin and the Freshman Mentor Program. She has also participated in community service such as Meals on Wheels, Community Child Care, and WAVES. She also enjoys mission work inside and out of the country. She dedicated much of her time to sports, playing on the school softball and basketball teams. Jayce also has enjoyed being a camp counselor at Camp Springcroft. At the camp she taught children camp songs, crafts, and games. Jayce plans to pursue a degree in Fashion and Textile Design.

Colden Travis Beert

Colden Travis Beert

Colden Travis Beert - from Gastonia, NC graduated from Forestview High School. He was a Junior Marshall with Honors recognition on AP Exams. He was a part of National Honor Society as well as Beta Club. Colden is a member of Anchor club, as well as the founder of Let’s Play Soccer, which is a volunteer organization that brings soccer to developmentally disabled children. He has been a soccer referee for three years and describes it as working while doing something he loves. He is passionate about being a part of diverse groups including the Gaston Community Church and Young Life Youth Group. Colden intends to pursue a degree in Textile Engineering and Chemical Engineering that deals with the operation of chemical manufacturing processes.

Paul Thomas Burke

Paul Thomas Burke

Paul Thomas Burke - from Raleigh, NC graduated from North Raleigh Christian Academy. He was involved in school theatrical productions such as “The Robe”, “Hello Dolly”, and “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”. Furthermore, he was a member of the Chemistry Club and Honors Concert Choir. While in the choir, they received Superior awards during the annual ACSI fine Arts Festival and also during the NCMEA large Choir High School Festival. Paul also participated in his high school talent show and won first place for vocal and instrumental. Paul works several hours outside of school at Chick-fil-A. He also enjoys volunteering as a summer camp counselor at New Life Camp. He worked six weeks at the overnight camp and was the youngest member hired as a staff Counselor. Paul plans to pursue a degree in Textile Engineering and Chemical Engineering.

Kristin Dane Freeman

Kristin Dane Freeman

Kristin Dane Freeman - from Raleigh, NC graduated from Needham B. Broughton High School. She participated in a broad range of organizations including Student Government, Service Club, National Charity League, National Honor Society, and Young Life. As a member of the White Memorial Presbyterian Church, she attended multiple mission trips and took part in helping plan many activities for the youth within the trips. Kristin was also dedicated to sports. She was cheerleader on the school varsity cheerleading team and she also participated in Women’s Cross Country team. She enjoys working at a local boutique, Vestique, which was started by two NC State alumni. Kristin plans to pursue a degree in Fashion and Textile Management.

Greta Gwyn Humphrey

Greta Gwyn Humphrey

Greta Gwyn Humphrey - from Asheville, NC graduated from Asheville High School. She was inducted into National Honor Society as well as the Vocational Honor Society which recognized the variety of classes she had taken. As a senior, Greta captained her school’s varsity soccer team. Greta also received the High Merit award for the National Chemistry Olympiad testing. She enjoys playing classical music, specifically the violin. She volunteered for the Montford Community Garden which provided for work experience and a closer relationship within the community. Greta attended North Carolina Governor’s school which helped prepare her for college by placing her in a new, college-like situation. She also enjoys modeling for local businesses and art events. Greta plans to pursue a degree in Fashion and Textile Management.

Hayley Kathryn Klumpe

Hayley Kathryn Klumpe

Hayley Kathryn Klumpe - from Murfreesboro, TN graduated from Central Magnet School. She has taken several AP classes including European History, US History, Chemistry, Physics, Statistics, and Calculus. She is a National Merit Finalist – one of 16,000 high scorers in the US on the PSAT. She earned 1st place in the Science Olympiad Regionals for Thermodynamics and 2nd place for Chemistry. She went on a mission trip in Mexico for a week to work at a school and church. Hayley volunteers for Special Kids as well as Spring Valley Tutoring. She also served as president of National Honor Society for two years and has been an active member of Mu Alpha Theta as a tutor. Hayley plans to pursue a degree in Polymer and Color Chemistry.

Laila Imad Knio

Laila Imad Knio

Laila Imad Knio - from Raleigh, NC graduated from Athens Drive Senior High School. She took a total of 9 AP courses in her high school career as well as being the Vice President of National Honor Society, secretary of Thespian Society, and Co-President of both the French and Psychology clubs. She was an active member of the theater department, performing in shows such as LATS, the musical, Little Shop of Horrors, and the Miracle Worker. She also volunteers at Raleigh Little Theater as a teacher’s assistant, and at the Cary Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was a first violinist and concert master of her high school orchestra, and was voted by her teachers as the Queen of the Glass Slipper Court during her senior year for outstanding character. She is a dancer for the Triangle Lebanese Association Team Dabke Group and performs at the International and Lebanese Festivals every year. Laila plans to pursue a degree in Textile Engineering.

Conner Michael Metz

Conner Michael Metz

Conner Michael Metz - from Matthews, NC graduated from David W. Butler High School. He attended the NCSU Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering camp and is interested in medical textiles. He took many AP courses including Psychology, Human Geography, English, and US Government. Conner was awarded the title of AP Scholar with Distinction for receiving 5’s on every AP exam. He was also chosen for Junior Marshall for being in the top 25 of his class. He is the president of National Honor Society and the president of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Conner is a volunteer for the DREAM Team which promotes being drug, alcohol, tobacco, and violence free. He also has played piano for the past 12 years. Conner plans to pursue degrees in Textile Engineering and Biomedical Engineering.

Ashle Mills Page

Ashle Mills Page

Ashle Mills Page - from Cary, NC graduated from Cary Christian School. She has attended the Chemistry and Engineering of Polymers and Fibers Workshop as well as the Duke TIP Program. She volunteers at NC historic sites with the Governor’s Page Program, her church, and the Science House with students in STEM. She is a member of several clubs such as Math Enthusiasts Team, Scholastic Team, Literary Council of Wake County, and Tar Heel Forensic League. She enjoys playing softball and for the girls golf team and became a member of the Tar Heel Youth Golf Association. Ashle has interned at both NASA’s Johnson Space Center with the WISH program and NASA’s Langley Research Center with the LARSS program. Ashle plans to pursue a degree in Textile Engineering.

2013 Group Picture

Previous Recipients of the Centennial Scholarship