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.

2014 Centennial Scholars

Emily Atkins

Emily Atkins

Emily Atkins - from Clemmons, NC graduated with honors from West Forsyth High School. Emily has been awarded the North Carolina Textile Foundation G. Allen Mebane Centennial Scholarship to study in a textile degree program at NC State. Emily successfully completed several Advanced Placement (AP) courses, and received an AP Scholar with Honor award for demonstrating academic excellence on the AP exams. Emily was the president of Spanish Honor Society and the secretary of the Anchor Club, a girl’s service club. She helped to repair the greenhouse on her school’s campus through the Science Honors Society. Emily was also a member and captain of the Drumline at her high school. She also participated in an exchange program to Argentina. Emily hosted a student as well as travelled to Argentina, all while improving her Spanish speaking skills and understanding of the culture. Emily also attended the Summer Textile Exploration Program (STEP) through the College of Textiles during the summer between her junior and senior years in high school. Emily intends to study Textile Engineering.

Natalie Buitrago

Natalie Buitrago

Natalie Buitrago - from Garner, NC graduated from Garner Magnet High School. Natalie has been awarded the North Carolina Textile Foundation Gunter/Blank Centennial Scholarship to study in a textile degree program at NC State. Natalie has taken Paideia Honors English and Social Sciences, Honors Math Language and Science classes. She was in the IB program with extremely rigorous coursework. Natalie was in the top 2% of her class of approximately 500 students, achieving Honor Roll for her entire high school career. She was selected to attend the NC Renaissance program at UNC-CH and STEP at NC State. She developed a swim training program for children of varying levels of ability and gave free individualized instruction. Natalie is also a member of the Titan Leadership Council that participates in community service projects. She received the Trojan Award for Garner High Swim. Natalie also attended the Summer Textile Exploration Program (STEP) through the College of Textiles during the summer between her junior and senior years in high school. Natalie intends to study Polymer and Color Chemistry.

Corinne Carter

Corinne Carter

Corinne Carter - from Raleigh, NC graduated from Needham B. Broughton High School. Corinne has been awarded the North Carolina Textile Foundation Cornelson Centennial Scholarship to study in a textile degree program at NC State. Corinne took Advanced Placement courses in the subjects of World History, Environmental Science, US History, English Language and Composition, Spanish Language, Human Geography, Physics, and Calculus. Also, she took International Baccalaureate courses in Business Management and Spanish. Corinne received the College Board AP Honor Scholar Award and was on the honor roll all 4 years of high school. She was a member of the National Honor Society and President of the Spanish Honor Society, Layout Editor for the yearbook, coordinated the International Festival, was a representative at the Inter Club Council, and is in the Christ Baptist Church Youth Choir. Corinne volunteered for mission work is Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Nairobi, Kenya, Santiago, Cuba, and in the Moore Square Project. Corinne also attended the Summer Textile Exploration Program (STEP) through the College of Textiles during the summer between her junior and senior years in high school. Corinne intends to study Fashion & Textile Management.

Samantha Casey

Samantha Casey

Samantha Casey - from Selma, NC graduated from Princeton High School (PHS). Samantha has been awarded the North Carolina Textile Foundation Murata of America Centennial Scholarship to study in a textile degree program at NC State. Samantha took several Advanced Placement courses including Calculus, Language and Composition, and US History. She was a Park Scholarship Nominee, Morehead-Cain Scholarship Nominee, and received the National Merit Scholarship Letter of Commendation. Samantha was Valedictorian of her graduating class, achieving Principal’s List all four years and a Graduation Marshal. She is the band leader, fiddle player, and lead vocalist for Samantha Casey & The Bluegrass Jam. Samantha also participated in the PHS Art Club, the NCSU Shelton Challenge, PHS Beta club, and the bi-annual blood drives. Samantha also earned the distinction of being a Shelton National Scholars, and she intends to study Textile Engineering.

Matthew Coats

Matthew Coats

Matthew Coats - from Charlotte, NC graduated in the top 5% of his class from Providence High School. Matt has been awarded the North Carolina Textile Foundation John Copeland Centennial Scholarship to study in a textile degree program at NC State. Matt completed several Advanced Placement courses including Biology, Comparative Government, English, Statistics and Psychology. He was president of his High School’s Key Club Spirit Chair on the Student Council’s Executive Board, and a two-year captain of the varsity tennis team. Other extracurricular activities included National honor Society, Youth Commission International, and the German Honor Society. Matt was also an active member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church Youth Group, where he participated in a two-week mission trip to Honduras. Matthew intends to study Textile Engineering.

Mollie Fisher

Mollie Fisher

Mollie Fisher - from Holly Springs, NC graduated from Raleigh Charter High School. Mollie has been awarded the North Carolina Textile Foundation Jeter & Phyllis Brawley Scholarship to study in a textile degree program at NC State. Mollie successfully completed several Advanced Placement courses including Environmental Science, Calculus, English, US History, and Physics. Mollie participated in the NC State 2013 Polymer Camp Science Olympiad. She received first place for the 2013 State Competition Mission Possible and third place for forensics, and was on the 2014 National Competition Team. Mollie worked with Shining Stars and Camp Pearl to bring dance to children with disabilities. She is a dance instructor at the Holly Springs School of Dance. Mollie intends to study Textile Engineering.

Matthew Iezzi

Matthew Iezzi

Matthew Iezzi - from Gastonia, NC graduated from Highland School of Technology. Matthew has been awarded the North Carolina Textile Foundation Kimbrell Centennial Scholarship to study in a textile degree program at NC State. Matthew creatively managed his high school schedule in order to graduate in three years. During what would have been his fourth year, Matthew joined the Rotary Youth Exchange program where he spent the year in the Czech Republic. He also participated in the Sister Cities Youth Exchange where he spent time in Germany learning the language and culture. Matthew began honing his business skills by participating in a virtual internship with Newtimes Group out of Hong Kong. During Matthew’s high school career, he was vice president of the student council for three years and volunteered with a special needs school. Athletically, Matthew played varsity tennis and was a swimmer. Matthew discovered his passion for European fashion during his year in the Czech Republic, helping him to choose his major of Fashion & Textile Management.

Anna Koel

Anna Koel

Anna Koel - from Roanoke, VA graduated from Northside High School. Anna has been awarded the North Carolina Textiles Foundation Hayes Centennial Scholarship to study in a textile degree programs at NC State. She was a Head Junior Marshall and received four academic seals on her diploma. Anna held leadership roles in clubs such as the Spanish Club and the National honor Society. She has been dancing for fourteen years and participated in numerous musical productions. Anna was in marching band where she held the position of Drum Major for two years, and during her senior year, earned the title of Homecoming Queen. During any spare time, she enjoyed doing mission work, traveling, and working as an intern for the Miss Virginia Pageant. Anna also attended the Summer Textile Exploration Program (STEP) through the College of Textiles during the summer between her junior and senior years in high school. Anna intends to study Fashion Textile Management.

Brianna McKiernan

Brianna McKiernan

Brianna McKiernan - from Fayetteville, NC graduated from Fayetteville Academy. Brianna has been awarded the North Carolina Textile Foundation Unifi Centennial Scholarship to study in a textile degree program at NC State. Brianna completed six AP courses and four college courses to help prepare her for college. She finished in the top 5% of her graduating class, achieving Honor Roll for her entire high school career. She won Honorable Mention for her 2012 Hastings Summer Reading Reader Essay, runner-up in the Comanche County Conservation District 2 Speech Contest, a finalist in the Poetry Out Loud competition, first place winner of the PTA Reflections Essay Contest, and the champion of the Lions Club International Oklahoma State Youth Speech Contest. Brianna was involved in the Spanish Club, National Honor Society, Model United Nations, Environmental Club, and a writing intern. She volunteered for the Red Cross, visited orphanages in South Korea, helped in Hands on Atlanta, and was an active member/volunteer for the Key Club. She was on varsity cross country for two years, varsity track and field all four years, varsity cheerleading for two years, and did taekwondo for six years. Brianna intends to study Polymer and Color Chemistry.

Courtney Oswald

Courtney Oswald

Courtney Oswald - from Lovettsville, VA graduated from Woodgrove High School. Courtney has been awarded the North Carolina Textile Foundation ITT/Roger Milliken Centennial Scholarship. Courtney excelled in numerous AP classes in a wide variety of topics spanning AP Calculus to AP Art, and was ranked second in her senior class. She was an active participant and leader in the French Honors Society as a French Tutor, Math Honor Society, National Honor Society, Student Council, Academic Team, and Volleyball Team. Besides being a skilled equestrian, Courtney was an active member of her church’s youth group and participated in several of their service activities, such as Stop Hunger Now and Vacation Bible School. Courtney also attended the Summer Textile Exploration Program (STEP) through the College of Textiles during the summer between her junior and senior years in high school. Courtney plans to study Textile Engineering.

Santiago Tellez

Santiago Tellez

Santiago Tellez - from Erwin, NC graduated from Triton High School. Santiago has been awarded the North Carolina Textile Foundation Joseph W. Lineberger Centennial Scholarship to study in a textile degree program at NC State. Santiago completed several Advanced Placement courses including English, Statistics, Calculus, Biology and Chemistry. He received the Outstanding Achievement award for demonstrating academic excellence in various courses. Santiago served as Vice President of the Student Government Association and helped with numerous school related events. He volunteered at the local Dunn Community Cleanup organization to provide for a clean community. Santiago participated in Men’s Cross Country, Indoor Track, and Outdoor Track & Field. He was a member of the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards conference that focused on building the leadership of young individuals. Santiago intends to study Polymer and Color Chemistry.

2014 Group Picture

Previous Recipients of the Centennial Scholarship