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.

2015 Centennial Scholars

Kassi Dibert

Kassi Dibert

Kassi Dibert - from Gastonia, NC graduated from Forestview High School. Kassi has been awarded the North Carolina Textile Foundation W. Duke Kimbrell Centennial Scholarship to study in a textile degree program at NC State. Kassi took several Advanced Placement courses, including World History, Psychology, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, European History, Government & Politics, Environmental Science, Calculus, and English; she even received the “AP Scholar with Honor Award” due to her scores on these AP tests. Kassi also received honors as being a National Merit Commended Student, Outstanding Academic Achievement, and Best Free-form Robotics Routine as a part of the Robotics Club. She was the president of Beta Club where she has participated in numerous volunteer activities, National Honor Society, Gaston String Orchestra, Commissioner’s School of Excellence, Backpack Food Program, and Prom Committee. Furthermore, Kassi was caption for both cross country and swimming. She qualified for Regionals in both sports and State competition in swimming. Kassi intends to study Fashion Textile Design.

Rochelle Griffin

Rochelle Griffin

Rochelle Griffin - from Waxhaw, NC graduated from Marvin Ridge High School. Rochelle has been awarded the North Carolina Textile Foundation National Knitwear Manufacturer’s Association Centennial Scholarship to study in a textile degree program at NC State. Rochelle took several Advanced Placement Courses, including English, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Psychology, Human Geography and Macroeconomics. Rochelle received several awards due to her academic excellence, most recently the College Board’s AP Scholars Award. Rochelle was an active member of Student Council, Science, English, and Spanish National Honor Societies, and the Recycling Club. She also enjoyed being a part of the JV soccer team as a goal keeper and both winter and spring track. Rochelle travelled to Jamaica during her freshman year for a mission trip, where she participated in several service activities. Outside of school, Rochelle enjoys yoga, has been an intern at Erin Grey Couture, and was a bridal consultant at a boutique in Charlotte. Rochelle intends to study Fashion and Textile Management.

Will Huffman

Will Huffman

Will Huffman - from Statesville, NC graduated from South Iredell High School. Will has been awarded the North Carolina Textile Foundation Brawley/Beaunit Centennial Scholarship to study in a textile degree program at NC State. Will received an International Baccalaureate diploma and took courses in English, Chemistry, History of the Americas, Math Methods, Spanish, and Theory of Knowledge. He tutored in Chemistry since the 10th grade, and specifically enjoyed his Theory of Knowledge and Civics classes. Based on his GPA, leadership, and service, Will was named a Junior Marshal and earned the IB Diploma Programme 2014 Keystone Award and the NCHSAA Scholar Athlete Award. Will was a Special Olympics Instructor, and a member of the varsity cross country and tennis team. He attended several leadership programs and conferences, including the ISS Leadership Conference and the IB World Conference. Will has a passion for skiing and is a ski instructor and volunteer, and he also assists with ski programs for the Special Olympics. Will intends to study Polymer Color Chemistry with a Medical Concentration.

Moriah Kimel

Moriah Kimel

Moriah Kimel - from Charlotte, NC graduated from Myers Park High School. Moriah has been awarded the North Carolina Textile Foundation C.C. Lee Centennial Scholarship to study in a textile degree program at NC State. Moriah completed the International Baccalaureate Program at Myers Park, while taking classes in Spanish, Chemistry, Physics and Calculus, among other courses. Due to her high scholastic achievement, she was recognized as a Junior Marshall. Moriah was also the President of Baby Bundles, a club dedicated to collecting donations for local young, single mothers. Moriah travelled to Sierra Leone and helped initiate a project to install solar panels in schools. Outside of school, Moriah enjoys hiking and serving as a tutor. In addition, she worked as a camp counselor for middle school aged students. Moriah intends to study Textile Engineering.

Michelle McGoogan

Michelle McGoogan

Michelle McGoogan - from Cary, NC graduated from William G. Enloe High School. Michelle has been awarded the North Carolina Textile Foundation ITT/Roger Milliken Centennial Scholarship to study in a textile degree program at NC State. Michelle took Advanced Placement courses, including World History, Environmental Science, Calculus, Language and Composition, United States History, Literature and Composition, and Physics. She specifically enjoyed Calculus and Physics because her math and science education apply to real life. Proofs fascinate her and she loves seeing mathematically why a concept works. Based on her academic excellence and success outside of the classroom, Michelle won the AP Scholar with Honor award and the Young Playwrights Festival Honorable Mention where her one-act play, Elements, was voted on at the statewide competition hosted by the UNC Greensboro theatre department. She was a math tutor at her school in the areas of Pre-Calculus, Advanced Functions and Modeling, and Algebra Two. She was also an Assistant Teacher at Raleigh Little Theatre, Burning Coal Theatre, Applause! Cary Youth Theatre and was stage manager and actor for her high school theatre. Furthermore, she volunteered for five theatre camps for children ages 4-18. She has participated on her local swim team for the past fifteen summers and coached 4-6 year olds in the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Michelle intends to study Textile Engineering.

Christian Rust

Christian Rust

Christian Rust - from New Bern, NC graduated from New Bern High School. Christian has been awarded the North Carolina Textile Foundation Centennial Scholarship to study in a textile degree program at NC State. Christian has also been awarded a Park Scholarship. Christian took Advanced Placement World History, US History, Biology, Calculus AB/ BC, Chemistry, Language, Statistics, Earth and Environmental Science, Physics I, and Government. He also completed Organic Chemistry I and II at a community college. He received First Place Individual in a Geometry contest at the Regional Mathematics Competition at East Carolina University, participated in reserach on the collegiate level, and was selected to attend Governor’s School West at Salem College in Natural Science. He was President of the Environmental Club, President and founder of the Debate Team, Vice President of the Teenage Democrats, and captain of the soccer team. Christian was also involved in the Interact Club and served at his church, St. Andrew Lutheran Church, from a very young age. Christian intends to double major in Textile Engineering and Chemical Engineering.

Kyrsten Rudock

Kyrsten Rudock

Kyrsten Rudock - from Monroe, NC graduated Valedictorian from Sun Valley High School. Kyrsten has been awarded the North Carolina Textile Foundation Faculty & Staff Centennial Scholarship to study in a textile degree program at NC State. Kyrsten took Advanced Placement courses in Physics, English Language and Literature, Calculus, and Government, while being dual enrolled with her local community college. She says her calculus class inspired her to pursue the field of engineering due to her love of sciences and problem solving. She has received an academic excellence award and A-honor roll every semester due to her hard work in these classes. Kyrsten was the Clarinet Captain in her school’s marching band and has a passion for music. She was also involved in the EuroChallenge club, Global Trivia club, was the president of the NC Jets club, a member of the National Honor Society, where she participated in tutoring and volunteer projects in the community. Outside of school, Kyrsten loves to run and participate in theatre activities. Kyrsten intends to study Textile Engineering and double major in Biomedical Engineering.

Emily Sanders

Emily Sanders

Emily Sanders - from Clayton, NC graduated from Corinth Holders High School. Emily has been awarded the North Carolina Textile Foundation Vincent Fang Centennial Scholarship to study in a textile degree program at NC State. Emily took several Advanced Placement courses, including Calculus, Statistics, and Biology. She has participated in the Summer Textile Exploration Program at NC State as well as the Superintendent’s Student Leadership Board. Emily was involved with National Art Honor Society, Young Republicans, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Varsity Cheer, and is an anchor for Pirate TV News, her school’s broadcast class. Emily was also Senior Class President for the Corinth Holders Student Government Association. Emily intends to study Polymer Color Chemistry.

Margaret Shinn

Margaret Shinn

Margaret Shinn - from Charlotte, NC graduated from Myers Park High School. Margaret has been awarded the North Carolina Textile Foundation Alan Dickson Centennial Scholarship to study in a textile degree program at NC State. Margaret took International Baccalaureate courses, including Visual Art, English, History and Spanish. She specifically enjoyed Spanish V and Spanish VI courses because they allowed her to gain an appreciation for linguistic intent, including motive, humor, irony, and sarcasm. These upper-level courses allowed her to master mechanics so she can pursue comfort and security in a variety of places and have the ability to reach other humans through communication. Based on her academic excellence and success outside of the classroom, Margaret won the Salem College Book Award, and was inducted into the National Art Honor Society and the International Music Honor Society. She was the Drum Major for her high school marching band, as well as sings in the choir and plays hand bells for Providence United Methodist Church. She participated in service activities in her community including volunteering for the Room in the Inn program, packing meals through Stop Hunger Now, and earning her Girl Scout Silver Award by distributing art supplies through a network of homeless shelters. Margaret intends to study Fashion and Textile Design with a Textile Design concentration, while pursuing a minor or double major in Spanish.

2015 Group Picture

Previous Recipients of the Centennial Scholarship