Johnston Community College students to join Class of 2025 Goodnight Scholars at NCSU

Posted: May 24, 2022

The Goodnight Scholarship helps high school and transfer students pursue their STEM education at North Carolina State University.

Johnston Community College is proud to announce the latest recipients of the NC State University Award good night scholarship. The program recognizes excellent academic achievement, exemplary extracurricular engagement, civic engagement focused on change, and continued success in STEM and STEM education fields.

Ricardo Rojas Justus Weaver

Arlen Miles Bueza (left), biomedical engineering student, and Ricardo Hernandez Rojas (center), mechanical engineering student, will receive the prestigious award. Justus Weaver (right) has been selected as an alternate.

Arlen was born in the Philippines and attended high school in New York before moving to North Carolina. She was active in math and engineering clubs.

Ricardo was a TRiO (Student Support Services) mentor at JCC and was also a member of the Math Club. In addition, he was a translator for the unique program Ciencias Tecnología Ingeniería y Matematicás of JCC, CTIM. CTIM provides funds to hire bilingual students, like Ricardo, to act as translators for Spanish-speaking students. All three students graduated last week from Johnston Community College.

The Goodnight Scholars Program is open to NC State STEM freshmen and transfer students from North Carolina community colleges to apply. The prize is $22,000 each year. It is renewable for up to three years for transfer students.

Finalists participate in an extensive selection process, which includes an application and interview with a committee comprised of current and former NC State faculty, staff, and alumni, as well as representatives from the SAS industry.

“We are very proud of every JCC student who has gone through this rigorous process. The Goodnight Scholarship Program allows recipients to transfer to the state of North Carolina and continue their education with less financial burden,” said Aaron Brickman, chairman of the engineering department. “Our engineering program has some of the best students in the state, and we’re happy to see these Goodnight Scholars continuing their education.”

JCC graduates have received over $200,000 in merit-based scholarships through the program.

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