Tuscola senior named Goodnight Scholar

By Carrie Sutton | Apr 17, 2017
Tuscola senior Connie Feinberg was named a Goodnight Scholarship recipient and will attend N.C. State University this fall to major in engineering. She was one of 50 high school seniors selected for the scholarship valued at $19,500 per year.

Tuscola High School senior Connie Feinberg has been named a Goodnight Scholarship recipient through N.C. State University.

The Goodnight Scholars Program is for North Carolina students who aspire to study in a science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) or a STEM-related discipline at N.C. State University. Students who are accepted into the program receive an annual scholarship valued at $19,500 per year for up to four years.

Earlier this year, 100 finalists were selected from a pool of 675 candidates from across North Carolina, representing six N.C. State academic colleges and 44 North Carolina counties.

Finalists were scored by an application review committee consisting of 107 current and former N.C. State faculty, staff and alumni, as well as industry representatives from SAS Institute and the Kenan Fellows Program.

In February, Feinberg and the other finalists traveled to Raleigh to complete in-person interviews.

“The interview was much more casual and candid than I expected,” Feinberg said. “My two interviewers tried their best to make me feel comfortable, and it ended up feeling less like an interview and more like a genuine conversation.”

On March 3, Connie was pulled from her French class and given the news that she had been selected for the scholarship.

“I’m so excited about all of the new opportunities and experiences that await me at State,” Feinberg said with a smile. “Diversity is one thing that N.C. State strives to expose their students to, and I can’t wait to meet so many amazing people with such varying backgrounds.”

Feinberg will enroll in the first-year engineering major, which will expose her to the numerous engineering degrees N.C. State offers.

“I love math and science, and I know I want to work in STEM. I'm just not sure what I want to do career-wise yet,” Feinberg explained. “I know that I want to make a difference for someone, somewhere; and engineering seems like the direction to go.”

The Goodnight Scholars Program was established in 2008 out of the philanthropic generosity of North Carolina natives and N.C. State University alumni Dr. Jim Goodnight and Mrs. Ann Goodnight. Dr. Jim Goodnight is the co-founder of global business analytic software at the Statistical Analysis System (SAS) Institute. Mrs. Ann Goodnight is director of community relations at the SAS Institute and secretary for the N.C. State University Board of Trustees.

In addition to the scholarship, Goodnight Scholars have access to an assortment of developmental programming focused on their professional and personal growth.

Feinberg says she is looking forward to exploring N.C. State’s opportunities like study abroad, internships, University Scholars Program, and extracurricular clubs.

"We are so proud of Connie, and it’s no surprise that N.C. State recognized the great talent, intelligence, and hard work that we are blessed to see in her every day,” THS Principal Travis Collins said. “I know that she will make an immediate and great impact on the lives of others."

At Tuscola High School, Feinberg is a member of several school clubs and has volunteered with the Tye Blanton Foundation, local elementary science nights, and HardLox Jewish Food and Heritage Festival.