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NC State Engineering Grand Challenges Scholars Program

Raised toward our $5,000 Goal
20 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on February 17, at 11:55 PM EST
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NC State Engineering Grand Challenges Scholars Program

The Engineering Grand Challenges Scholars Program (GCSP) at NC State is a combined curricular and extracurricular program inspired by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). The GCSP includes a multitude of unique experiences that combine coursework, research, extracurricular activities, internships, study abroad and volunteer opportunities for undergraduate engineering students at NC State. These combined opportunities ensure that scholars achieve a rich portfolio centered upon a grand challenge that builds on the five core competencies discussed below. Each student’s area of research focuses on one or more of the four pillars of the grand challenges: sustainability, health, security and joy of living.

This crowdfunding initiative will support the new Awards for the Grand Challenges Scholars Program, to be implemented in spring 2023. Your contributions to the awards will go directly to the scholars who are recognized for their outstanding achievement in each of the core competencies listed below:

1. Talent (i.e., Undergraduate Research Experience) 

2. Interdisciplinarity 

3. Entrepreneurship 

4. Multiculturalism

5. Social Consciousness 

Increased financial support from people like you helps us fulfill our mission of preparing scholars to devise societal solutions. No gift is too small! Check out our website at

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Why support the Grand Challenges Scholars Program? So you can help us do the following: 

1. Empower students at the undergraduate level in their successful pursuit of engineering careers around the NAE Engineering Grand Challenges.  

2. Create opportunities for students to develop teamwork and problem-solving skills by actively engaging scholars in research and professional development. 

3. Develop strong networks composed of engineering faculty, staff, graduate students, postdocs and peers to help guide scholars in their academic careers and beyond. 

4. Foster students’ confidence in communicating their engineering passions, goals and interests as related to the broader theme of grand challenges. 

5. Provide undergraduate research experiences that increase research self-efficacy of young engineering scholars. 

6. Highlight the importance of having a multifaceted and multidisciplinary approach toward professional goals. 

7. Recognize scholars’ outstanding academic achievement. 

8. Build a strong engineering workforce for the future.

Funds will be placed in the Grand Challenges Scholars Program Fund. If the project does not meet its fundraising goal, exceeds the project need or cannot be completed, the funds will be used for the overall enhancement of the Grand Challenges Scholars Program. Gifts are received by the NC State University Foundation, Inc. and may be distributed to an affiliated foundation that manages the fund supported by the donor.

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