The Caldwell Fellowship
Post by Marcus Spruill
Everyone would like to come out of school with no debts owed to the University right? I know I had the dream of being able to say “I have a full ride to NC State”. Many people know about the Park Scholarship, but there is another fellowship on campus as well, the Caldwell Fellowship. This intensive leadership-development scholarship program was created by the NC State Alumni Association in 1977 in order to honor Chancellor John T. Caldwell.
In order to be eligible for the scholarship a student must have less than 30 earned university level credit hours, not including IB or AP credits. One must also have at least a 3.25 GPA, but of course a higher GPA is always encouraged. When applying for this fellowship, don’t forget about extra-curricular activities like leadership positions around campus and community service. Aside from helping pay for school, the Caldwell Fellowship gives a person the chance to “expand their self-awareness”.
Caldwell Fellows receive $4,000 their sophomore, junior and senior years in order to support and encourage participation in opportunities like; study-abroad, service learning, internships, and also academic research. For example, some students were able to go to places like the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, and Honduras in order to learn more about that culture, while serving those who live there in the process. Students are also taken on a Wilderness Expedition every year. For example, last year, Caldwell Fellows were taken to the Rockies in Colorado for a little over a week.
This Fellowship is not just meant to help pay for school. It is meant for those people who have a desire to learn more about themselves while also being able to teach others and have fun at the same time.