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Announcing The Dale Earnhardt Legacy Program

Creating pathways into the College of Natural Resources for community college students

Copper Wolf Statues on NC State University Campus
Photo by Marc Hall.

The NC State College of Natural Resources, in partnership with The Dale Earnhardt Foundation, is proud to introduce “The Dale Earnhardt Legacy Program.” The Dale Earnhardt Legacy Program provides a structured pathway for students who are interested in studying natural resources majors at NC State University but were not initially admitted as freshmen.

With its mission to continue the legacy of Dale Earnhardt, The Dale Earnhardt Foundation is proud to continue to honor Dale’s life commitment to education, environment, outdoors and wildlife preservation with an endowment of $500,000. The Dale Earnhardt Legacy Program is available to students interested in pursuing a degree in Forest Management, Natural Resources, Environmental Technology and Management, or Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology.

This unique program allows students to spend one academic year at another institution, preferably a North Carolina Community College. During this year, students in The Dale Earnhardt Legacy Program receive mentoring, academic advising and additional support from the College of Natural Resources. Students who successfully complete the coursework over one academic year (fall and spring semesters) and meet all minimum transfer requirements will be guaranteed admission as a sophomore into the major they previously applied for in the College of Natural Resources.

The Dale Earnhardt Legacy Program gives students the opportunity to experience hand-on learning, in-the-field training and access to industry experts. This helps equip students to provide solutions to the challenges of natural resources use and management, social and ecological sustainability, and human health and well-being.

“The Dale Earnhardt Legacy Program creates opportunities for students in natural resources who otherwise might not have the opportunity to attend NC State by creating a clear track in getting their preferred degree,” shares Teresa Earnhardt, Chairman and Treasurer of The Dale Earnhardt Foundation. “As an avid outdoorsman and naturalist, Dale Earnhardt’s legacy will proudly continue as we provide these educational avenues for our environmental leaders of tomorrow.”

“We are excited and grateful to partner with The Dale Earnhardt Foundation to support community college students interested in pursuing degrees in our Forestry and Environmental Resources Department. The academic guidance and mentorship that the Dale Earnhardt Legacy Program supports is critical to providing pathways into environmental majors and careers,” says Dean Myron Floyd, College of Natural Resources.

For more information about the Dale Earnhardt Legacy Program at NC State, please contact Kimber Lunsford, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Programs, Forestry and Environmental Resources at 919-513-2582 or

About the Dale Earnhardt Foundation

The Dale Earnhardt Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to continue the legacy of seven-time NASCAR Champion Dale Earnhardt through charitable programs and grants that sustain his lifelong commitment to Children, Education and Environmental/Wildlife Preservation. For more information, please visit

About the NC State College of Natural Resources

Since 1929, the College of Natural Resources at NC State University has aimed to improve the sustainability of the world’s natural resources and improve the economic and social condition of its people through education, innovation and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. The college offers programs of study leading to baccalaureate and graduate degrees in the management and use of natural resources, and also offers courses in these areas to students in other colleges. Ten professional curricula are administered in the college through its Departments of Forestry and Environmental Resources; Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management; and Forest Biomaterials. These programs provide a broad education in the biological, physical, and social sciences as well as a sound hands-on and professional experience.