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CALS Scholars

The CALS Scholars Program supports promising students with full-ride scholarship and professional development opportunities.

Scholarship Opportunities for Extraordinary Students

We are dedicated to bringing the best and brightest students who are passionate about agriculture and the life sciences to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

The CALS Scholars Program expands our commitment to serving outstanding students in North Carolina with the establishment of four-year scholarships awarded based on academic accomplishments, financial need and leadership potential.

Jump to any of the awards listed below to learn more: 

Laura Johnson is one of the 2016 Bone Scholars, studying animal science.

Growing the Future
with Your Support

Thank you to our donors for your support of CALS and NC State. With your generosity, our programs help students turn their dreams into their realities.

Jarvis Warren Family Animal Industry Scholarship Endowment

The Jarvis Warren Family Animal Industry Scholarship is a four-year scholarship awarded based on academic merit and financial need. The goal of the Jarvis Warren Family Scholarship Endowment is to bring outstanding undergraduate students who have a strong interest in swine or poultry programs to NC State.

The first Jarvis Warren scholarship recipient will be awarded in fall 2019.

Scholarship Details

The award will cover the full cost of tuition, room and board, books, fees and other related expenses per academic year and is renewable each year (up to four years) upon the student meeting specific criteria, including:

  • Continued financial need
  • A minimum GPA requirement
  • Study and graduation from a swine or poultry program

One incoming freshman student will receive an award every four years.

Selection Criteria

Priority consideration for the Jarvis Warren Scholarship is given to students with a demonstrated financial need who are residents of North Carolina.

The scholarship application process for the Jarvis Warren Scholarship is by invitation only. The CALS Scholarship and Awards committee determines who will receive an invitation to apply, and evaluates candidates on academic achievement and financial need (as determined by FAFSA).

Additional criteria to receive an invitation include:

  • Be a resident of North Carolina
  • Apply for admission to NC State University
  • Complete the CALS Scholarship Application

For an invitation, we encourage students to apply for admission to NC State by the October 15 Fall Early Action deadline.

Students with turkeys at the poultry treaching unit.

A Family's Commitment to North Carolina Agriculture

The Jarvis Warren Family Animal Industry Scholarship Endowment honors Mr. Jarvis Warren and his family's dedicated service, numerous contributions and tireless work contributing to the growth and development of North Carolina's poultry food industry.

A Spivey's Corner, NC, native, Mr. Jarvis Warren ('43) was a Sears scholar at NC State University. He cultivated a long, storied career in North Carolina agriculture as an Extension agent and a dairy farm manager before launching the J.A. Warren Company, Inc., representing feed producers, which continues today as a prominent, family-run business.

Ruby and Ernest McSwain Worthy Lands Trust Agricultural Scholarship Endowment

The Ruby and Ernest McSwain Worthy Lands Trust Agricultural Scholarship Endowment awards four-year scholarships to North Carolina students based on high academic merit and a desire to study in specific areas within CALS.

CALS will award the first McSwain Worthy Scholarship in fall 2020.

Scholarship Details

The McSwain Worthy Scholarship covers the full cost of tuition, room and board, books, fees and other related expenses for one academic year and is renewable each year (up to four years) upon the student meeting specific academic criteria.

One incoming freshman student will be awarded every four years.

Selection Criteria

While all qualified candidates from across North Carolina will be considered for the McSwain Worthy Scholarship, priority consideration will be given to students from Lee County, North Carolina.

Application for the McSwain Worthy Scholarship is by invitation only. The Scholarship Committee will invite undergraduate students with high academic merit and who meet the following criteria to apply:

  • Admitted to NC State University
  • North Carolina residents (priority consideration will be given to students from Lee County, North Carolina)
  • A minimum GPA requirement
  • Studying in one of the following areas:
Agricultural Education Agricultural and Resource Economics
Animal Science Biological and Agricultural Engineering
Crop Science Food Science
Horticultural Science and Landscape Design Nutrition Science
Plant Biology (Botany) Poultry Science
Soil Science

The award is renewable up to four years if scholarship recipients meet specific academic criteria and continue to study in one of the designated CALS majors listed above.

Lee County Women in Ag Extension JJ Faulk CALS

The Legacy of an Agricultural Icon Endures

The Ruby and Ernest McSwain Worthy Lands Trust Agricultural Scholarship Endowment is named for the late Mrs. and Mr. Ruby and Ernest McSwain, Lee County, North Carolina, residents, and influential philanthropists in North Carolina. The McSwains' philanthropy to NC State University and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences spans over 20 years. The Ruby C. McSwain Education Center at the JC Raulston Arboretum is named in Mrs. McSwain's honor. And in 1997, she donated 300 acres and a historic house to the NC Agricultural Foundation, Inc. for North Carolina Cooperative Extension’s Lee County Center, which was renamed the Ernest and Ruby McSwain Extension Education and Agriculture Center.

Gordon Family Farm-to-Philanthropy Program

Dr. Joseph K. and Mrs. Deborah K. Gordon planted the seed for supporting the future of rural North Carolina students with their generous gift for the Gordon Family Farm-to-Philanthropy Program Endowment and Challenge. One important component of the endowment is the STEAM Spring Connection Scholarship, a full, four-year scholarship.

Starting in spring 2020, the STEAM Spring Connection Scholarship will be awarded to one successful participant of the STEAM Spring Connection program.

Scholarship Details

The award will cover the full cost of tuition, room and board, books, and fees per year for the student’s freshman (second semester) through senior years at NC State, after transfer to the university. The scholarship is renewable each year if the student meets specific academic criteria and scholarship requirements.

Selection Criteria

Consideration for the STEAM Spring Connection Scholarship is by invitation-only. To receive an invitation to apply for the scholarship, students must be accepted to NC State through the STEAM Spring Connection program.

Marsha K. Prestage Agricultural Scholarship

Young woman at NC State's Prestage Poultry Department's summer camp for prospective students

The Marsha K. Prestage Agricultural Scholarship Endowment awards one full-tuition scholarship every four years to an outstanding student with plans to major in production agriculture. Founded by Marsha K. Prestage, treasurer, and director of Prestage Farms, the endowment is designed to inspire outstanding students to pursue careers in production agriculture by relieving some of the burdens of the cost of higher education.

Learn More

CALS Scholarship Resources

Important Dates for 2018-2019

October 1 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opens
October 15 Deadline for NC State Early Action admissions application
January 30 Early Action freshman admission notification
February 1 Invitation to apply for CALS Scholarships
February 1 Qualified freshmen invited to apply for Jarvis Warren Scholarship
February 15 Deadline to apply for CALS Scholarships and Jarvis Warren Scholarship
Early April Notification of freshmen CALS Scholarship recipients, including Jarvis Warren recipient