Johnston Community students to join Class of 2025 Goodnight Scholars

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Posted 5/24/22

Johnston Community College announced the most recent recipients of the North Carolina State University’s Goodnight Scholarship.

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Johnston Community students to join Class of 2025 Goodnight Scholars

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SMITHFIELD — Johnston Community College announced the most recent recipients of the North Carolina State University’s Goodnight Scholarship. The program recognizes “stellar academic achievement, exemplary extracurricular involvement, change-centered civic engagement, and continued success in the STEM and STEM education fields.”

Arlen Miles Bueza, a biomedical engineering student, and Ricardo Hernandez Rojas, a mechanical engineering student, will receive the prestigious award. Justus Weaver was selected as an alternate.

Bueza was born in the Philippines and attended high school in New York prior to moving to North Carolina. She was active in both the Math and Engineering clubs.

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

The Goodnight Scholars program allows first-year NC State STEM students and transfer students from North Carolina’s community colleges to apply. The award is $22,000 each year. It is renewable for up to three years for transfer students.

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

“We are so proud of every JCC student who has gone through this rigorous process. The Goodnight Scholarship Program allows the recipients to transfer to NC State and to continue their studies with less financial burden,” says Engineering Department Chair, Aaron Brickman. “Our engineering program has some of the best students in the state and we are glad to see these Goodnight Scholars continue in their studies.”

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

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