South Johnston High School senior Melanie Hardee has been selected for the North Carolina State University Goodnight Scholars Program.
The $78,000 scholarship is limited to students studying in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines or affiliated education majors.
Hardee plans to double-major in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Human Biology and Mathematics. She hopes to one day become a pediatrician, and she plans to continue her studies by earning her Doctorate of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Hardee said she has had several great teachers throughout her educational career, but she credits South Johnston’s David Bell as her biggest inspiration.
“I had Mr. Bell for two years with Calculus, and he inspired me to go the extra mile and do the two majors – one with Mathematics,” said Hardee.
The value of the NCSU Goodnight Scholarship is $19,500 per year, and it is renewable for up to four years for a total possible value of $78,000. The scholarship process is very competitive.
This is the second consecutive year that a South Johnston senior has been selected for the scholarship program. Carrisa Womble received the scholarship in 2015.